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Old Sunday 5th April 2015, 10:27   #126
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Fantastic to see them mating.....
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Fantastic to see them mating.....
Thanks Keith - I must thank you (and my friend Gary) as you told me to set myself up and wait - I finally got the chance. Thanks for the help and advice in the PMs.
I now know so must about their behaviour.
The fish offering ritual and feeding her is fascinating.
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Monday 6th April 8.00 River Rea trail
Pair of kingfisher feeding along the Rea. Very loud wrens nesting with chiff chaffs singing. I first saw the red of a male Bullfinch then the female joined him. Great!!
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Old Saturday 11th April 2015, 10:12   #129
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It was all quiet until the female kingfisher quietly appeared and waited on a perch. Then the male flew in calling and the female called to it a few times. The male went off and caught a fish. He returned with the fish and gave it to the female whilst he took his upright pose as in the photo I got last week. Then they both flew off. Great!!
(also had some more luck in the week finding another KF nest in Essex near where I work)
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First one kingfisher appeared, probably the female, calling to the male. If it was the female she was calling louder than last week, probably really hungry. Then she flew off and there were calls out of sight as I assume the male fed her. Then they flew up and down calling and I left then to it. Also present were a few LTT which was nice to see whilst waiting for the KF.
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River Cole - Ackers - 7.00
Pair of kingfisher, flying up and down, Grey Wagtail feeding on the rocks and a Buzzard swooped past. Then on the Rea a single kingfisher flew past up the river. Great!!
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River Rea 7.15 - River Cole - 8.45
Female kingfisher going into the nest on the Rea with food. On the Cole it was all quiet for a time with just a Grey Wagtail in sight, before the kingfisher calls and them flying up and down and one of them entering the nest!! Great!!
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Old Sunday 10th May 2015, 14:57   #133
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Rea/Bourn mid day
I'm sure I saw another pair of kingfisher, there was definitely one I saw and it called the two tone call and the other called back in response. They then disappeared so quick to hide from me. I then heard one call but could not find it. I got a photo of one and it's a female. This is good news as that's two of the three females I've seen on the Rea paired up. I still think there is a third pair somewhere on the Rea/Wychall/Merecroft. There are three pairs on the Cole that I know of. A pair was reported on BTO at the far end of the kingfisher country part. There could be more on that stretch as it's 11km. I was told of a location but not seen any there. Another possibility is the Rea at the City Centre, there was a wintering female there and the Salford junction / River tame, saw one there over winter and was told of possible nest holes but not confirmed. I might take another look there.
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First the female kingfisher quietly arrived at the nest. Then a couple minutes later the male arrived. Then one of them had a fish and took it into the nest. When it came out it took a quick dip and then they both flew off. Great!!
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Old Sunday 17th May 2015, 21:18   #135
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River Rea Heritage Trail 7:00 & 15:00
The kingfisher pair feeding well, going up and down. Took the mrs to have a look and they did not disappoint going up and down under the bridge. Also a mallard with chicks went past and a thrush dropped in to sing a song. A male bullfinch was also present.
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Not much of a sighting but more of a "hearing". When I went to Ackers River Cole I walked past the canal which is adjacent to the park and on 2 occasions I heard Kingfishers. I didn't see them but definitely heard them unless my ears deceived me.

I stood trying to spot them but couldn't. The water in that canal is usually stagnant but does have fish in it. I wonder if it's the offspring of the ones that I usually see as KF's drive off their young. Once I spot them I shall let you guys know.
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The kingfisher pair are now waiting on their perches with an offering of fish ready. Something might be happening. A heron was also fishing. A thrush popped in.
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River Rea - 06:00
I was ready and waiting for a kingfisher fledgling.
As I arrived the female kingfisher appeared with a fish. At one point she appeared with three fish in 15 minutes for the young. The male kingfisher over the past couple days has been hanging around with a fish ready, I presume to tempt the young away with. The female has also been hanging around with fish but today was back to feeding the young. In the time I was watching them she must have bought over 10 fish to the young.
After about one hour and in the blink of an eye, another kingfisher appeared and was quickly chased off by the male kingfisher giving the repeated alarm call. I can only presume this was another kingfisher being chased off.
After that the kingfisher were less present though then the female did start bringing fish again.
I got a quick photo of the pair together. Great!!
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(yesterday the female kingfisher got spooked off by a crow that landed on their perch. Both kingfisher fled, the male soon returned but the female took longer to come back).
Lot's of long tailed tits feeding, I could continuously hear and see them them feeding. Looked like young with adults.
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The male kingfisher was doing the feeding this morning, the female did not appear for a while. The male did the repeated alarm call flying up and down the river, I think chasing off another kingfisher.
Then the male kingfisher appeared with a fish, there were some calls and the female finally arrived with a fish.
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River Rea Kingfisher fledgling

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I got to the Rea and the kingfisher pair were very active, flying up and down the river. I knew something was happening. I could hear them calling and sense some movement and then I found the kingfisher fledgling fresh out of the nest (I saw it flap around a bit and doing the bobbing movement like it had taken in food, it was probably wondering where it was)
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The mother kingfisher then came to offer some food. I'm not sure it was successfully passed over.
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I then thought I best leave them to it and gave them a couple hours alone.
I then returned and it was doing some preening and wing stretching
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The mother kingfisher then flew in with some food and they both flew off. I could hear the mother calling it with a tutting call further down the river. I left them to it.
It's great I got to see one fledge, along with seeing the pairing, the courtship, the mating, the feeding and knowing the mother was a fledgling last year having spent winter on the Bourn Brook. Great!!
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After last weeks kingfisher fledgling, I presume the rest fledged during the week. Today it was all quiet with the male kingfisher I presume patrolling up and down the river. I checked elsewhere along the Rea, Bourn and Bourn Brook but did not see any other KF, though it is rather difficult with the long grass. Good views of a kestrel over the Bourn Brook walkway and a grey wagtail. Elsewhere on the Rea, a GSP, tits feeding, chiff chaff on most stretches and I think a RNP calling. Did not know they were in Brum but BTO has records.
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Went to Perry Barr a few weeks back and whilst driving back home in my friends car I heard what sounded like a Kingfisher, but I dismissed it.

I went to the park there yesterday late afternoon to record an aesthetic video of a friend and whilst walking towards the rear end of the park, we were walking near a river (don't know what river it is as I've never walked around there before). It had a few bends and was flowing the opposite way to the rear and of the park.

I noticed something blue fly past from the corner of my eye and it perched upon a branch ahead of me and my friend and made a noise but only when it landed. I quickly pulled out my camera and zoomed in on it and to my shock not only was it a Kingfisher (male I think) but it was still sitting there as they don't stay in one place for too long I noticed (in Ackers Park).

Anyway, extremely lucky for me it was facing the other way while I was prepping my camera. I don't think it saw us to be fair and I was very lucky to be able to capture this shot. (see link below) I honestly don't think I can ever get a shot like this again!

Sadly I didn't have time to check out the sites yesterday as I was busy with the video shoot, but I do plan to return in the future and see where it hailed from so I can give a more detailed location of its whereabouts.

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Pair of kingfisher going up and down the Rea. As per the Cole last week, I got caught between their calls. Great!!
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Single Kingfisher on the Rea and a grey wagtail further down.
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I think I heard the kingfisher on the Rea flying up the river instead of past me. I then saw one on the Bourn a few times, flying up and down!! I reckon it was a juvenile as it did not call and it would quickly fly off or take cover to hide. Nice to see something different!! Also good to see was a family of LTT feeding.
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One or two kingfisher on the Rea. Possibly juveniles as they did not call. Saw one fishing, it first went in with a thump, the next time a splash. Heron and grey wagtail couple present.
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House martin's, swallows and a heron on the Rea. I then found a quiet/juvenile? Kingfisher on the Rea in a different spot, fishing over slow, deeper water. I could see the fish. Great! Grey wagtail family on the Bourn Brook.
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Not been down the Rea for a fortnight as I was away last weekend. It seems the kingfishers have moved on, I thought they might have been up the river but just as I was leaving I could see one down the river. It flew to a perch in the river. I note on BTO one was seen on Edgbaston Pool, I shall have to take a look. (I read an article on WMBS there used to be 2 pairs back in the 1930s). Courtesy of BTO there are a few kingfisher in Birmingham now. Great!
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I found my female kingfisher again today!! Further up the River Rea.
Yesterday I found what I assume is a juvenile kingfisher at the back of Cannon Hill park.
Then we went out for an evening walk and we stuck our heads over a bridge on the Rea, and what I assume is the male kingfisher took off, giving a loud call.
I returned this morning to have a look. I took a look up and down the River and saw the kingfisher flying up and down. I stopped to have a look next to a tree and was very surprised when I heard very loud kingfisher calling. It stopped in the tree right next to me, metres away. Then there was more calling and two were in the tree next to me. Amazing!! The calls were so loud!! Then one stopped on the bank, I just got a photo through the foliage. My female kingfisher from the Bourn, now probably mum for a second time on the Rea!!
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Also a couple grey wagtails and a good size shoal of fish in the Rea, a few inches and more long.
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