Autumn is taking over fast, the light is fading, the leaves are turning colour and falling, the rains are coming and it is getting colder. The warm summer days seem so far away now. But a short walk over the Hall keeps the spirits high when ever you see the Kingfishers about. I spent a pleasant 45 mins on the bench by the pond watching the male dipping in and out of the water fishing merrily away near the back of the pond. The Female was also about though being a little more elusive right at the back and kept disappearing.
If you are trying to work out which is the Male/Female, then the female has orange on the lower part of her beak – if you get a good view of them that is!
Although he was quite a way back near the Forest Road gardens (How good would it be to live there? :-)) I still managed to get a couple of photos, one even of him flying back to he perch with fish in beak. Not great photos by my own standard as I was too far away and it was a bit gloomy. That’s why I’d love to live backing on to the pond – to get better photos. Once back to the perch He promptly scoffed that fish and started looking for the next.
He did manage to get at least three fish while I was watching and then disappeared out the back, maybe to catch up with the female, or maybe to just hide out. Anyway, he made the gloomy start of Autumn seem that much brighter for me on a Sunday stroll.
Remember, if you are feeding the ducks or walking the dog, look out for a flash of blue/orange, and keep an eye on the branches for our special residents.