Monday, 1 December 2014

Kingfishers, reflections and murmurations

Pintail, Anas acuta
On Saturday Arundel WWT started their Discover Birds weekend. I attended talks and walks by Dave Fairlamb and Paul Stevens and picked up some photo tips and bird info. There were plenty of exhibitors, including artist in residence Desiree Hart, and the bird carvers.

On Sunday morning I attended a club dig in a difficult stubble field which didn’t yield much. Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT again and saw a Kingfisher catch a fish opposite the Scrape hide. It flew to the bush in the lake and proceeded to bash it repeatedly on a branch before finally swallowing it. Sunset  reflections are getting more interesting with the starling murmuration.

Arundel WWT included a 10 second Kingfisher clip of mine in 'Wildlife Weekly Arundel - Episode 9' (starts at 34 seconds in).

view a video using photos of a Kingfisher with a fish: click here

Arundel hangar and wetland area

Paul Stevens giving tips on photo walk
female Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica
Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Magpie, Pica pica
Magpie, Pica pica
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
Pintail, Anas acuta
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Moorhen and Shelduck reflection
Teal, Anas crecca
Little and Large:
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba and Feral Pigeon, Columba livia domestica
Coprinopsis species
Coprinopsis species, underside
Cormorant with fish, Phalacrocorax carbo
Kingfisher with fish, Alcedo atthis

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Gadwall, Anas strepera (in the middle) and Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
Starling murmuration, Sturnus vulgaris
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula

reflection with starling murmuration
Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna

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