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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Back With Royalty - on 7th September, 2017

Although it was a relatively dull day weather-wise, on Thursday 7th September I decided on a return visit to see if I could find the Kingfishers. If you missed it, you can find my post on my first encounter with the Kingfishers here. En route to the main location I called in at another spot on the off-chance. This paid off as there was a female Kingfisher in attendance.




Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) (female) - Leicestershire
After a while, with the bird still there, I headed off to the main location. No Kingfishers were seen for a while, so I kept my shutter finger exercised with the young Heron that is often here.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) (juvenile) - Leicestershire
I only had to wait three quarters of an hour before the male Kingfisher appeared. At first it kept to the other side of the water.

I'd been hoping for some flight shots and so had set up my camera with this objective. However, there were few opportunities. This sequence is the nearest that I got to success.







Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) (male) - Leicestershire
Eventually the bird came nearer, but stayed only briefly.


Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) (male) - Leicestershire
It was less than a 20 minute wait before the female Kingfisher arrived. She stayed relatively close to the hide, but went again after 4 minutes.




Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) (female) - Leicestershire
I hung on for another hour, but the Kingfishers didn't return in that time. It had been a most enjoyable return visit to the Kingfishers.

Thank you for dropping by. My next post will possibly feature a couple of garden visitors.

20 comments:

  1. Oh, how wonderful pictures of a fine bird. I hope to see it sometime. Have a nice evening;-)

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I too hope you see a Kingfisher one day. They are a real pleasure to watch.

      Best wishes - - - Richard

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  2. I can never tire of seeing Kingfisher photos. An excellent series of shots Richard.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. I wish that I saw these wonderful birds more often.

      With my best wishes - - - Richard

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  3. Beautiful pictures of the ice birds. The diving in the water is sublime. Beautiful clothes and the fish with a fish are great to see. Beautiful post.
    Regards, Helma

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    1. Thank you, Helma. With my best wishes - - - Richard

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  4. These are excellent images Richard,love the action captures,always a bonus if with fish,I would love to come across one fishing.
    John.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, John. If I thought I could guarantee being able to show you one, I would happily invite you up here. These birds are, however, not showing so well now.

      Best wishes to you and Sue - - - Richard

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  5. Excellent pictures. I havn't photographed a kingfisher in something like 5 years.

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    1. Thank you, Mike. It had been a few years since I'd got any reasonable images of Kingfisher myself. So I tried to make the most of these opportunities.

      Keep up your defence of the wonderful Badgers.

      Best wishes - - - Richard

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  6. You shot them very well Richard, the Kingfisher is one of my favourites.

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    1. Thank you, Bob. I wish that I had more opportunities to see and photograph Kingfishers. They are very special.

      With my best wishes - - - Richard

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  7. Congratulations to this stunning series
    every animal photographer is waiting for such a photoshooting and is
    jealous of your pictures ... :-))
    Greetings Frank

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    1. Thank you for those very kind words, Frank.

      I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you. With my best wishes - - - Richard

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  8. Fantastic Richard, great action!
    I can imagine easily how thrilled you were with these pictures!
    Bravo mon ami :))))
    Warm hugs to share with Lindsay!

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    1. It was a very enjoyable session, Noushka, and a real privilege to observe.

      I hope you're having a great weekend. My very best wishes for the week ahead - - - Richard

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  9. Oh wow, fantastic, amazing, super. You found your most wanted Kingfishers. Amazing captures Richard. congratulations and my compliments!
    Regards,
    Roos

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    1. Thank you so much for those very kind words, Roos. I have loved my time with these birds.

      With my very best wishes - - - Richard

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  10. These are truly stunning images Richard, well done

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    1. Thank you, Doug, for those kind words.

      Best wishes - - - Richard

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