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Kingfisher lament
Andy Holt

Kingfisher lament (Alcedo atthis)

Unfortunately the attempt to breed this year has failed for this male Kingfisher. the female vanished about 2 weeks ago and the nest burrow has now been abandoned a couple of weeks into feeding.

I have no way of knowing what became of the female, but I do know that the first nest burrow was dug out from above (almost certainly by a mink).

I demonstrates the odds against which native wildlfe are often competing. I'm currently trying to decide whether it would be worth trying to instigate a program of trapping using Mink rafts on the river as they seem to be endemic here, with even the swans losing all but one of there cygnets.
River Trent, Staffordshire
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Alcedo atthis
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Canon 60D, Sigma 500mm f4.5
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Oh dear - that really is such a shame. I'm sure you'll make the right decision in the end about what is best to do Andy.

A beautiful picture of this kingfisher.

Such a shame about the devastating effect of the mink.

A lovely shot of this Kingfisher in a very nice setting.

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