I was walking in the second meadow after the school boathouse this morning and heard a call as a kingfisher passed me going the other way. It looked to land near the boathouse so I slightly wearily turned round to go back, expecting it to have gone by the time I got near. However it stayed put for quite a while on the fence by the gate into the boathouse complex. To start with the blue doors were the background but I gradually got nearer and got a shot I was quite pleased with. Square timber does wonders for the camera’s autofocus – I think this is the best detail I’ve got yet!
It was a male and I think he was on guard duty. He flew off under the bridge and then came back through, did a hover turn and went back through again. A regular walker told me he saw two kingfishers fighting there the other day. I’d always thought that the bridge is on the edge of two territories and that plus other behaviour I’ve seen seems to confirms that.
There’s more! As I got down opposite the wood a kingfisher whizzed by from behind carrying a fish! Too soon for young, though nesting starts about now, but there were excitable calls from the “everglades”. I looked it up, and male kingishers do courtship feeding of the female. The plot thickens….