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Kingfisher




Kingfisher - August - Haworth


Kingfisher

Kingfishers can sometimes be seen on most stretches of water in the Worth Valley. Their flight is fast and you are likely to just see a flash of blue as they go past. They have a distinctive high pitched call which is a clue to their presence.

Photos from top:
1) Male Kingfisher; the bill is dark, on the female the underpart of the bill is orange (see photo 5).

2) Male Kingfisher with a fish: The Kingfisher perches on a branch above the water looking out for fish. When one is spotted the bird dives into the water, at the point of entry the Kingfisher closes its eyelid and is fishing blind. When a fish is caught the Kingfisher flies to a branch and proceeds to hit the fish against the branch to stun it and will proceed to swallow the fish whole, head first.

3) Adult male (left) has just caught a fish, the juvenile male (right) is hoping to get a meal, however when the young leave the nest they have to learn how to fish, the parents offer no help. The juvenile Kingfisher is a duller colour than the parent its feet are not as orange and its beak is white at the tip.

4) A female juvenile regurgitating a fish pellet, which is the bones and scales they are unable to digest.

5) Adult female Kingfisher, the underside of the bill is orange colour.

PLEASE NOTE:
Kingfishers are given the highest degree of legal protection under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

"it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an "active" nest. Schedule 1 status also infers a right of arrest by a police officer if someone is suspected of committing certain offences against one of these species."




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