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Old Monday 1st July 2013, 21:48   #26
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I've found the most reliable places in the area for Kingfishers to be Upton Warren and along Dowles brook in the Wyre forest, just outside Bewdley, both in Worcestershire.

They do occur along the local canals in the West Midlands but it seems to be very hit and miss.
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Yes I read all about Upton Warren and would like to visit there and Dowles Brook. Will keep you posted. Thanks!
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Old Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 08:49   #28
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WYRE...From reading all the posts on the forums and a couple of visits myself I thought the Kings in the Wyre were proving to be a bit elusive...of course being in the right place at the right time is a help....lol

UPTON....they can be like clockwork at Upton ( 2 days running one showed at exactly the same time) but don't mention this to all the people who waited ALL day Saturday and Sunday for nowt only for one to come very late both evenings....so on Monday they waited for this magic time and alas it did not prove 3rd time lucky.....

Sorry zomerset I saw your P.M. and then completely forgot to reply (old age -honest)...the King shots were on the little stream I have visited for 3 years but Kings have been very infrequent visitors of late so I have been giving them some space Over the years I have just sat at side of stream in camo but the ones that have showed up this year are SO nervous I hid under some camo netting as well.The female showed up for just a few seconds and I got the shots...since then I have built a little hide from canvas and branches for them to get used to (if any are using the stream).Not been for a bit though as the weather has been rubbish...in full sun it's a difficult place for pics so in the wet/dark it's really no good at all.
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Some pics of one at UPTON......I was there at that magic time in the evening...well someone has to spot them...lol
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Old Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 19:35   #29
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Great pictures - Keithr - cracking. Yes I know how elusive they are. Lost the Woodgate Valley kingfisher for a couple months now.
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Saw a kingfisher on the River Rea today by the Wychall Reservoir. It was fishing from a stone block in the middle of the River, trying to catch the fish that go up the slower adjoining overflow stream. I think it was the same one I'd seen earlier in the year as I've seen it in the same spot a few times now and it flew in this direction again http://www.flickr.com/photos/88816303@N08/8542680377/
I then tried to follow it and spotted it here where this guy got a photo before it flew off http://www.flickr.com/photos/6129289...-e1TtfH-9aXwF4

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Saw a kingfisher on the Bourne (brook) at Selly Oak / Bourneville mid day today. (Saw a heron and grey wagtail nearby the other week) I wonder if it's the same one that visits Woodgate Valley or the one from the Rea. It was loud and fast and disappeared pretty quick, no doubt looking for somewhere quiet to fish.
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Old Sunday 22nd December 2013, 20:06   #32
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Wood Brook Kingfisher

I'd heard reports there are a couple kingfisher on the Wood brook, Bourne (brook) Selly Oak / Bourneville. Luckily got a photo of one today! It took a bit of patience to get the shot. Friday I saw 2 in Basildon, Essex http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=256344&page=3
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Old Sunday 22nd December 2013, 23:35   #33
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Your a right expert at seeing these and doubly so at getting a shot off...you must have about 100 different sightings....brill aint they.

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Old Tuesday 24th December 2013, 15:44   #34
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Your a right expert at seeing these and doubly so at getting a shot off...you must have about 100 different sightings....brill aint they.

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Hi Keith - not an expert just time and luck as you know. I've not got lucky at Bittell, but only made a couple quick visits. Yes they are brill! Half of the challenge is to see one and then next to get a shot!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/88816303@N08/11503057614/
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Old Friday 27th December 2013, 19:54   #35
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I was back on the kingfisher trail today and thought I'd check out Earlswood Lakes. I know this thread is WM but it's close enough. The weather was pretty shocking and I thought I wouldn't see one. Plenty of GCG on the water. I came round the corner of the Engine Pool and there in the hedge at my height, over the brook/gully at the side of the lake was a kingfisher. It had to fly up and over the hedge to miss me. It was so close I could clearly see all it's colours. That certainly made up for the weather!!
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Old Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:37   #36
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Its brill when that happens......My 1st ever King pic was on that little stream that runs around the edge...it was on the Terrys Pool part...just by the walkway bridge where Terrys and the Engine pool meet.
Also had them all around Terrys Pool.

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Its brill when that happens......My 1st ever King pic was on that little stream that runs around the edge...it was on the Terrys Pool part...just by the walkway bridge where Terrys and the Engine pool meet.
Also had them all around Terrys Pool.

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Great to hear that Keith, I was glad to see one!! Today's kingfisher sighting was on Kingshurst Brook, which joins the River Cole. I had to laugh that 10 months after I took the following photo, this kingfisher was fishing in exactly the same spot. The light was not that great and I could only just make out it was a kingfisher. http://www.flickr.com/photos/88816303@N08/8504452820/
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Kingsbury Water Park

25/01/14 - My first visit to Kingsbury Water Park and the lakes cover a large area. Birds of note for me were a little egret, a few heron by the river, great crested grebe were feeding on every lake and tufted ducks everywhere. As I walked around looking at the size of the lakes and seeing the wind wip up the water, I felt I wouldn't find a kingfisher on such stormy water. Then finally I found a small hidden pond and joked to myself 'now this is where I'll find a kingfisher' and as I approached it, bingo a kingfisher!!
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Old Sunday 26th January 2014, 10:21   #39
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Just the place to find one on such a bad day.....they have to hunt and the best chance they have is on the calmest clearest water they can find.
All the streams they use in summer are like torrents...and thats before this last lot we have had.
Well hunted out and spotted .

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Old Sunday 9th February 2014, 14:53   #40
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Seeing double...

9/2/2014 - I saw 2 kingfisher on the Bourn today in Bournville. Nice to know 2 are local. I have seen 2 before in Brum at the Kingfisher Country park, they flew under the footbridge I was standing on which was quite impressive. I'm on a bit of a role with my sightings as last weekend I saw 2 maybe 3 in a gravel pit lake at Frimley, Sussex. I ventured out for a quick look whilst in the area, staying with some friends. Then Thursday I saw my local Essex one and Friday on my way home, I stopped off at Banbury and saw one within minutes of parking on the River Chelmore.
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This one was in fishing mode, I saw it dive a few times in very muddy coloured water.
All these lucky sightings I blame on BTO!!
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Its great when one turns up unexpectedly...but 3 thats being selfish....lol

Lets hope they get through all these floods.

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My best shot from my last sighting;
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I'm really on a role with seeing a Kingfisher pair, after a pair in Bournville/Selly Oak - got a pair in Essex and got a photo, they were flying around calling each other, it was loud and eerie. https://www.flickr.com/photos/88816303@N08/12800372683/

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Seeing double again!!!

8-3-14 @ 7.30
I thought I'd have a run along the River Cole in Brum this morning.
I started off at Trittiford Pool and saw a couple heron.
Then ran into Brum, past Sarehole Mill.
Was very lucky to see one kingfisher fly from a perch and then another!!!!!!
They were then calling each other as they flew off and up the river.
I tried to find them again and just about made them out in the murkiness, sat on a perch together before of course they flew off again.
Their calls now just sounded like any other bird whistle.
I then saw one fly high and over a bridge and then left them to it.
I have now seen 4 couples in the past 2 months!!!
Happy birding to all!!

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15-3-14 @ 7.30
As on the Cole Valley thread, kingfisher fishing this morning, River Cole, Hall Green.
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OK I know this is not the Midlands - but I missed getting a photo of the kingfisher pair I saw in Bournville and on the River Cole, Shirley, but I did get lucky in Essex again (lol!) And what a noise they made;
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I decided I needed to cover more ground in my pursuit of the kingfisher so I took a run along the Cole Valley, Shirley and then the Rea Valley, Kings Norton, stretches I have seen KF before. I didn't see any KF but there was a lot of great bird song.
As I drove back I passed the Valley Parkway boating pond (BVT) and thought I'd pull up for a quick look as I've seen KF on the Bourne and have seen a BTO report of a KF sighting on the Valley Parkway pond itself. There were a few dog walkers/walkers going past the pond and I thought 'nah too busy for a KF'. What do I know!! Next minute there it was - a Kingfisher making a low flying pass over the pond!!!!!!!!! Seen from the comfort of my car!!!!!!!!!!! Cracking!!!!!!!!! (I did take a closer look but did not see it again, so I asked a dog walker if he'd seen it and he said he'd seen a couple fly over last Wednesday/Thursday)

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Decided I had best check out Kingfisher Country Park this year to check it still lives up to it's name. I was not sure if I would find any KF what with it being the breeding season. I first saw 2 Jays which was a good start, but after walking/running a couple miles along the River Cole I didn't see that elusive KF. It was only when I made my way back and said to myself 'not seen any heron either' that as if by magic a couple heron appeared. I thought I'd best try that trick again, so I said to myself 'not seen any kingfisher' and hey presto the next minute I found a kingfisher in a tree on the Meriden Park, Kinghurst brook lake, Chelmsley Wood. Bingo, it had stunning colours as it flew off across the lake. Magic!!

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Found a pair of grey wagtails on the River Rea, Stirchley today and then a kingfisher on the Bourne, BVT.
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Kingfisher Couple

27-04-2014 07:00 River Cole
I could hear in the distance the repeated call of the kingfisher, the shrill whistle 'chi-keeeee, chi-keeeee, chi-keeeee' and I knew it was a couple. When I reached their location, I saw them very close to each other, possibly on the same branch. They then both flew off in different directions. I could then hear them repeatedly calling each other. There was also blackbirds singing and calling which was was much louder, but I could still make out the kingfisher calls as they flew up and down the river. Then the kingfisher returned to what must be their favourite branch, unfortunately not together, but I've had a go at merging their photo's together anyway!! LOL!!
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