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What stunning colours, you must be pleased with the shots.
Chris Brooks - www.dragonfly-images.co.uk
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Thanks Chris - I am delighted. It's the first time I have seen a Kingfisher, other than a fleeting glance - and there, at Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve, this one seemed happy to pose! I was a fair way off so some shots are grainy but I'm not too worried about that, seeing it was amazing - Lynda
Were you in a hide?
No, behind a screen with cut outs, really good idea It was our first visit to the reserve, what can I say, the people there were so friendly.
This appears to be a male king fisher. you can usually tell this by the couluration of the bottom half of the beak is black where as the females is a redish orange colour
Although the literature I have read suggests that the orange bill colour only occurs on breeding females so I'm not sure what a first year female bird would look like.
Lovely photos of a beautiful bird!
For adults, the ringers guide says that...
...at least 2/3 of lower mandible black (sometimes becoming pale orange at base) = male
...2/3 of lower mandible orange, becoming dark brown or black towards distal third = female
Young birds are not sexed on the beak, but an experienced ringer might do it on the colour of the back and rump.
My Flickr photos...
Therefore it's a Kingfisher.
I'm not going to comment on age based upon brightness of upperparts, not in these days of Photoshop!
Lat/Lng: 53.7407, -1.3216
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