The nesthole is plenty high enough above the river, though a goose’s nest has suffered just upstream from there, but the water is faster and muddier which makes fishing more difficult. Three things reassured me though: Environment Agency workmen were opening up the lock as I passed to let floodwater through – that means there will be less flow over the weirs into the cut where the nest is.
I also guessed correctly that the cut by Cotterstock Mill would be slow, calm and good for fishing, and was duly awarded with the sight of the kingfisher in the photo. It’s not a clear well focussed shot but a very realistic view, half-hidden among the tangle of twigs and branches.
And lastly, as I returned past the nest, a bird flew off in a great wheeling arc and set off along the brook that comes in from Glapthorn. They know where to find shallower or stiller waters. No need to worry…..
One other thought: I’d get barely a tenth of the kingfisher sightings I do if I didn’t get a heads up from their piping call. Hearing is an essential aid to seeing – both an equal blessing.