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Old Saturday 4th May 2013, 05:19   #1
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Essex Kingfishers

Hi there, I am kingfisher mad, something about them, guess it's the flight, colour and catching fish. I read the other posts and note there's some sightings in Essex. My sightings this week was one on the Mardyke, North Stifford, Wednesday and Thursday evening last week, got some really bad long distance photo's. A couple weeks before spotted one on the Ingrebourne River, Gaynes Parkway, Upminster which I've seen a few times over the months and one on the River Crouch, Wickford, which was a new one. Before that found one at Langdon Lake but think it's now gone in search of a mate. Looking forward to any other sightings in Essex. Happy Birding.
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Old Sunday 5th May 2013, 19:50   #2
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There is a pair nesting at Rainham Marshes RSPB which I saw today - a little patience was needed but both eventually showed in view from one of their hides

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Old Sunday 5th May 2013, 22:00   #3
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I live 200 yards from the ingrebourne at the parkway,I used to see at least 2 quite regular there but haven't for a while.
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Hi mafu - thanks will have to take a visit to Rainham. Thanks also Sniper, yes that's one of them I've seen then on the Ingrebourne at the Parkway - it's up from the playground, usually on a slow bend or by a concrete culvert.
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That's the area mate,I used to see 2 all the time.To be fair I don't go there as much as I used to but I know others have seen 1 recently
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Old Friday 10th May 2013, 10:31   #6
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As of a couple of years ago they were easy on the River Rom/Beam (whatever you want to call it) just downriver from Roneo Corner in Romford. A friend had them flying over the road there by the YMCA several times.
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2013, 21:19   #7
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Thanks James. Will try that.
Here's my flickr link - all KFs - mostly Birmingham - only one in Essex.
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I've recently found one on the Mardyke - on all three visits but only got naff photo's - it get flying away!!
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Hey James - you got a Little Egret on your flickr page - nice one!! Spotted one on the Crouch and Mardyke. Where are you Kingfisher shots?
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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2013, 09:17   #9
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If ever you get to come to north essex, there are a few around the braintree stretch of the river Blackwater that will dot around by a mill house found on the connection of broad road and bradford street.

Moving more towards the a120 more can be seen near at the river connection in a small location called bradwell (old a120 connecting braintree with colchester a12 junction)
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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 07:01   #10
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Thanks Bitter Bugger (great name). I see someone reports them on the Chelm so I might try there and look further. You say the River Blackwater, looking at the map, is it the River Pant?
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Knowing me, probably. I think it changes its name but I will happily mark a map for you later.
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Old Sunday 2nd June 2013, 00:09   #12
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Pretty much any river/stretch of inland water will hold kingfisher.
They are not particularly rare,just difficult to see and photograph sometimes
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Finally found another kingfisher in Chipping Ongar on the River Roding. I did some research and of course know this is the breeding season when I guess kingfishers fly up river to breeding areas. I found details of an Essex walk and it said to look out for kingfisher nesting sites on the River Roding, so off I went. Didn't find a nesting site as it was all overgrown but thankfully found a kingfisher that went up and down the river a couple time.
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Great Leighs, Braintree District 14/6/13
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Old Friday 14th June 2013, 20:33   #15
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Nice one!! Bitter bugger - what river was that? I found one in Wanstead Park this week on the River Roding. I was hoping it was one of a nesting pair but it seemed to be on it's own, flying up and down the River in the evening, on the edge of the park between the two golf courses. I tried to get a photo but it was too quick for me.
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Old Saturday 15th June 2013, 00:44   #16
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I was furious to see it was a blurred photo, I have a lot to learn but I was simply terrified to miss this chance.

Any faux fury was quashed by my excitement to see this lovely bird and to have a jay, a bird I HAVE ALWAYS wanted to take a picture of, sitting atop my car when I returned.

Zomerset, I will spill the beans via pm and whilst I can not promise, but give times I am down there if you want to visit this quite frankly lovely place.
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Old Saturday 15th June 2013, 00:47   #17
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Little Egrets

Drive to Allhallows in Kent or Cliffe Pools in Kent, they are honestly everywhere.

Northward Hill, I have seen 8 to 10, but usually 4 from the "big view"
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Old Saturday 15th June 2013, 01:41   #18
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Mate,just go to rainham or anywhere on the Essex coast,yes Kent is a good place but there's no need to go there if you are in Essex
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I was furious to see it was a blurred photo, I have a lot to learn but I was simply terrified to miss this chance.

Any faux fury was quashed by my excitement to see this lovely bird and to have a jay, a bird I HAVE ALWAYS wanted to take a picture of, sitting atop my car when I returned.

Zomerset, I will spill the beans via pm and whilst I can not promise, but give times I am down there if you want to visit this quite frankly lovely place.
a blurred photo is always better than none though, always nice to get something in the can, didnt realise the jay was on your car roof!
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Once it moved to a better location from it I began snapping
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Some better pics taken today of the cheeky bugger.
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Hey BB - great photo's, I'll have to think about a visit!!
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OK this is not of much interest to others as it's a private site but a colleague told me he had seen a heron near our work pond and I have seen them flying over work so thought I best give the pond an early evening check. The pond is used at lunch time by workers, sitting on the benches and getting some fresh air or sun when it shines. So I had a look about 7.00 in the evening when it was dead quiet. It's a stone throw from the car park and trees shield it from work. Well imagine my surprise when I spotted, not a heron but a kingfisher, which took flight and flew around the pond. It looked unsure of where to land but decided on a tree, over on the far side to me. I went to grab my camera but was then unsure about the no camera's, site policy. Anyway what with my indecision, I then took another look but could not find it - I think with the lack of cover it flew off. Mega result and not what I expected at work!
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OK this is not of much interest to others as it's a private site but a colleague told me he had seen a heron near our work pond and I have seen them flying over work so thought I best give the pond an early evening check. The pond is used at lunch time by workers, sitting on the benches and getting some fresh air or sun when it shines. So I had a look about 7.00 in the evening when it was dead quiet. It's a stone throw from the car park and trees shield it from work. Well imagine my surprise when I spotted, not a heron but a kingfisher, which took flight and flew around the pond. It looked unsure of where to land but decided on a tree, over on the far side to me. I went to grab my camera but was then unsure about the no camera's, site policy. Anyway what with my indecision, I then took another look but could not find it - I think with the lack of cover it flew off. Mega result and not what I expected at work!
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Old Wednesday 31st July 2013, 20:11   #25
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Hi bitter_bugger, I took a visit to Phyllis Currie NR - trying to get a picture of that elusive kingfisher. It flew past the hide and landed on the exact spot on the reeds where you got your photo, course when it saw me it flew off. I then sat under the cover of the trees on the bottom pool and it came back looking a couple times but flew off. I guess it also feeds near by on a couple other pools. Great site though.
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