Late summer is a great time to see kingfishers. By then the young have left the nest to find their own territory.
Kingfishers and pocket watches
My first of two outings this week and there was a kingfisher on the salt marsh. I had to creep through muddy gullies to get close.
Sometime during my progress I noticed that my new pocket watch was missing. It was exactly the same spot where last year I lost another much loved pocket watch. The tide was rising fast so I hastily retraced my steps looking for a glint of silver. After a fifteen minute search I got lucky and found it but the kingfisher was long gone.
However, on my way home I was lucky enough to see another kingfisher with a heron in Portishead Pill. No need to stalk this one, I had a grand stand seat.
Walking with a friend
At sunrise I met a friend on the salt marsh and walked the length of the sea wall. It was a late August morning but a chill in the air declared the arrival of an early autumn.
A handsome roe buck watched our progress. When he had seen enough he bounded off with characteristic zeal through the tall meadow pasture in the nature reserve.
As we approached a little egret made a hasty exit from the creek, we were making far too much noise.
We leant on the railings at the top of the creek and heard a series of sharp whistles. It was a pair of kingfishers, with a flash of azure they streaked passed us into the creek. We watched the pair fish the length of the creek for several minutes.
When they left it was time for breakfast. Breakfast consisted of an apple, a proper English one, cheese and two lusciously ripe figs fresh from my friend’s garden.
Could it get any better? Well yes actually. Mid breakfast the two kingfishers reappeared at the top end of the creek.. . they must have double backed across the salt marsh or could it be a second pair? With fig in one hand and binoculars in the other we had a great view.
We had been lucky! What a way to start a day . . . such a privilege.
To hear a kingfisher whistle click Kingfisher on RSPB website
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