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Joined: 08 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 05 8:42 am    Post subject: Kingfishers  Reply with quote    

Yesterday I was lucky enough to see a kingfisher 4 times in the space of 15 minutes. Whats even more lucky is that it was where I will be living in the next year or 2!
Its the first time I've seen one in the wild and what a truly amazing experience.
I was standing on the bridge which is quite high over water because it on a lock (about 8/10 ft) looking down onto the water. A kingfisher was flying along the surface towards me so I could see its brilliant blue back. Then it swooped up about 5 ft infront and over me exposing its orange belly and it had a small fist in its beak.
I'm taking this as a good sign as this river was badly polluted a couple of years ago by an agricultural chemical spillage.

Int nature brill!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 05 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to see them regularly in the park near my old home in Kent. Mind you, that was about 40 years ago. I did see one in Shrewsbury about 10 years ago, looking down from a footbridge over the Severn. Unforgetable.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 05 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

one per mink on the colne i got lucky and felt the wing wind about two weeks ago i often see them my aunt 86yrs old says she never has i think they have a range up and down the river so if you are watching it will fly past you have fish? dont let on .. stick your self to the bank stay very still and it will go about its day and not see you the local one has never stopped and fished near me though i would like to see that


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 05 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My thirteen year old son came home from fishing a local lake the other day and told me he had been watching a kingfisher all afternoon.
He was so chuffed that he had seen one up close. He has also seen water voles around the bank edges and has had a shrew climb into his bait box there too. The wonders of wildife ....Priceless!

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