Kingfishers and ducks

Today, again to the nature reserve where the Baillon’s crakes nested last year.

Three great cormorants and a magpie on the windmill.

Gadwall ducks, mallards, coots, and moorhens in the canals.

A juvenile mute swan with a grey neck along the footpath.

A female tufted duck in a ditch. A grey heron on the roof of a house.

In and around the northern lakes: many lapwings, great cormorants, black-headed gulls, shoveler ducks. Also a few shelducks. Teal.

Canada geese. Some Egyptian geese.

On the most western island in the northern lake, two kingfishers. Good to see this species here as the harsh 2009-2010 winter killed many kingfishers. One sits on a branch just above the water. The other one a bit higher, about one meter high, in a leafless tree. They call often.

This is a kingfisher video.

The kingfishers are still there, but unfortunately I have to go on. In the air, over a hundred geese fly south, calling. Predictions are that sub zero weather and snow will come soon. I hope the kingfishers will survive.

This is a video about mating kingfishers.

As I go back, along the canal, someone hang a big bag of peanuts in a tree. The bag is heavy enough for bigger birds to eat from it. As I pass, a jay is driven away by a jackdaw which takes its place on the feeder.

Australian wood ducks in the Netherlands: here.

April 2011: The entire population of the Tuamotu kingfisher – just 125 birds – lives on one tiny island in the South Pacific. Without serious intervention, the multicoloured, tropical bird with bright blue feathers, a dusty orange head, and a bright green back will no longer exist: here.

May 2011: This stunning image captures the moment some kingfisher chicks were lined up to learn essential survival skills from their parents at an RSPB nature reserve in Yorkshire.

Kingfisher flies from Poland to Orford Ness to set record: here. And here.

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