Exmoor Photography | Kingfisher Diary 2018 By Jack Clegg
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I have been photographing these amazing birds for years now. However, I must admit that 2018 has been one of my best seasons ever. We have also introduced this as a new workshop as part of the Exmoor Photography Course portfolio. It has been a pleasure to share these birds with our customers, all of whom completely respected our strictly ethical approach to photographing any wildlife including the Kingfishers. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have enjoyed taking them. It has been fascinating watching the juvenile birds learning to fish for themselves. Considering the parents will only feed them once fledged (1st and 2nd broods) for about a week and then there on their own. They learn to do this very quickly, but it's funny sometimes when they get it wrong. The adult birds will expertly toss the fish to turn it in the beak so its facing head out for bashing on a branch. The youngsters don't always get this quite right and often drop the fish mid toss and then look rather confused about its escape! There is definitely a pecking order amongst the fledglings, with lots of chasing around and squabbling a bit like juvenile Red deer stags do when 'practising' for the rut. There was 5 juveniles visiting my perches this season, 3 females and 2 males. (females have small orange flash on lower beak and the males beak is black with a small white tip. Adults feet are bright orange, juveniles are duller). All have been doing very well and are feeding themselves well now. One of the females was a bit smaller than the rest ('the runt of the litter') but she is very good and avoiding her more boisterous siblings and quietly goes about her business. I have grown a little attached to her to be honest. She is usually the first to visit in the mornings and often sits quietly warming herself up in the early morning sunshine. Although we are all finding the weather a bit hot now. The Kingfishers have enjoyed an excellent breeding season and although we go nowhere near the nest site (they are a schedule one protected bird) I am sure the adults are on their third brood at the moment. Jack owner Exmoor Photography.
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