25th February 2015

Kingfisher on the Don: This industrial part of the Don, with just a few spronky bits of growth sticking out from the wall, was the place we watched a beautiful female Kingfisher this afternoon. The sun wasn’t shining, and the bird was on the  far side of the river so a bit out of range for close-ups but here are some views of the brilliant plumage, visible by eye as she sat, resting, beside the fast flowing river. Kingfishers, especially the bright streak of turquoise down their backs, always shine as though the sun is lighting them up. Females have an orange lower beak. Conditions: Chilly breeze, rain easing to cloud. Temperature: Max 11- Min 2c.

The Kingfisher was just this side of the bridge, on the left

The Kingfisher was just this side of the bridge, on the left

The female Kingfisher has a red/orange underside to its beak

The female Kingfisher has a red/orange underside to its beak

As she turned, the bright turquoise streak down her back really shone like this

As she turned, the bright turquoise streak down her back really shone like this

This shows the long beak and the short tail typical of Kingfishers

This shows the long beak and the short tail typical of Kingfishers

On the walk back she was sitting just through the other side of the bridge

On the walk back she was sitting just through the other side of the bridge

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