Kingfisher up close

Working on a nature reserve means work infrequently gets interrupted with wildlife. Last week the bird ringers had nets set up behind the office towards the South Quiech. I was sat at my desk. There was a knock on the door to say they’d trapped a Kingfisher.

P1130135Stunning!

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Side on

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Amazing colours

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Close up of the head

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Neat barring on the crown

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Iridescent blue on the rump

Birds are trapped and ringed. In this case, the kingfisher was trapped in fine net known as a mist net. The birds are measured and weighed and their sex and age ascertained. They are then released without harm. Special training and a permit from the British Trust of ornithology is required before people are allowed to handle birds.

For more info on ringing see here – http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/ringing/about

This bird was aged and sexed as an Adult Male after close scrutiny.

A bird ringing demo will be part of the Burleigh Mini Bioblitz next week on Tuesday at Burleigh Sands. See previous blogs for details.

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You never know, we might catch another Kingfisher for you to see close up!

Many thanks to Rob Campbell for letting me pinch some of his snaps.

About @jeremysquire

Naturalist living in Kinross-shire originally from Gloucestershire. Twitter @Jeremysquire
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