There was quite a lot of kingfisher activity along the first section of the river this morning. An adult arrived noisily with a fish a couple of times and two chicks broke cover to fly up and down the river in equally noisy pursuit. I didn’t get the impression that the feeding was straightforward. It seemed like the chicks were having to work to be fed and support was gradually being scaled back. Maybe they were being given flying lessons too.
Then this afternoon at about 4pm the chicks were where I hoped they would be – just upstream of the weir. And I got a photo at last – the white tip to the beak confirms that it’s a chick, apart from its general appearance and behaviour. There was another hidden away under overhanging branches. I’ve only seen and heard two chicks, and that might explain why there haven’t been as many adult flights as I might have expected. Nests can often have up to six eggs.
Hopefully they will both be out on a branch tomorrow. But whatever, I’m thrilled to see them and glad that the parents have been successful.