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Kingfisher

Observed: 4th December 2011 By: lynda07lynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birdslynda07’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Male Kingfisher

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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chrisbrooks's picture

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What stunning colours, you must be pleased with the shots.

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Thanks Chris - I am

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

Lynda

chrisbrooks's picture

Hide ?

Were you in a hide?

lynda07's picture

No, behind a screen with cut

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.

Lynda

Tom123's picture

This appears to be a male

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

DavidHowdon's picture

Breeding?

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.

Jeff Rothwell's picture

Kingfisher

Lovely photos of a beautiful bird!

ophrys's picture

Bill colour

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.

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Ray Turner's picture

Therefore? ;-)

Therefore? ;-)

Ray

ophrys's picture

Therefore?

Therefore it's a Kingfisher.

I'm not going to comment on age based upon brightness of upperparts, not in these days of Photoshop!

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