Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Species
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Male. Taken at Pit 60, Oxon., on August 27th 2017.
Male. Taken at Pit 60, Oxon., on August 27th 2017.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 17 - 19.5 cm

Kingfishers are small, unmistakable, bright blue and orange birds. The sexes are similar, but males have an all-black bill.

It is mostly found in England, Wales and southern Ireland, and is increasing its range in Scotland.

Kingfishers are found by still or slow flowing water such as lakes, canals and rivers in lowland areas. In winter, some individuals move to estuaries and the coast.

They fly low and fast over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water's surface.

The Kingfisher is on the Amber list because of its unfavourable conservation status in Europe. There are between 4000 and 8000 pairs in the UK.

Sightings

12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (1)
16-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (1)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

22-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
01-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (h)
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
05-Jul-2016 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (1)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
22-Jun-2014 : Smolyan Lakes, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2014 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon (1)
05-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)