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Old Friday 3rd November 2006, 00:35   #1
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Hi Trying to find information on places to go to observe Kingfishers
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Old Friday 3rd November 2006, 10:34   #2
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Hi Trying to find information on places to go to observe Kingfishers
Either of the two hides on Lavells lake, Dinton Pastures, Nr Wokingham, Berks.
Grid Reference: SU783729 Its the lake North of the Sandford Lane. Theres frre parking opposite the Golf Course entrance.
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Depends how far you wish to travel. I'm sure some local birders will advise with more detail than I. However, the road from Romsey to Stockbridge via Kings Sombourne, has the superb River Test flowing parallel to it and have always had success with kingfishers along a stretch from The John of Gaunt pub (south Kings Sombourne) Listen for the high pitched single, double or rarely triple squeak. Keep your eyes and ears open and always check overhanging branches etc with binoculars from a distance so not to disturb the bird. Remember; kingfishers normally fly low and fast down the centre of the river, but can also be seen cutting corners and heading over marshy areas.
Trust this is of some help. However, if you're ever in Hertfordshire then I can guarantee success on certain patches along the River Stort on the Herts/Essex border.
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Old Friday 3rd November 2006, 18:28   #4
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Hi Trying to find information on places to go to observe Kingfishers
Hi Whitebeam, and welcome to Bird Forum.

I agree with Alan -Lavell`s lake is superb for Kingfishers, I was there twice last week
and had good views both times, the last time a female perched in front of Tern hide
flew to the back of the scrape & caught/ate two fish, it then had a dispute with
another Kingfisher, it was superb to watch them chase around even hitting the
water at times.
If you live nearer the south of the county Tichfield Haven NNR can also be good, but the birds are normally more distant than at Lavell`s.

Good luck, I hope you get some great views
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Sorry to butt in are the Kingfishers at Dinton pastures within photographic range?

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Sorry to butt in are the Kingfishers at Dinton pastures within photographic range?

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Yes. Tern scrape. Perches are about 20 yards from the hide. Teal scrape, the nearest is a bit further.
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Sorry to butt in are the Kingfishers at Dinton pastures within photographic range?

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Hi Steve

the answer is yes, I would guess the perches they use are approx 30 feet from the hides, there are a few digiscoped shots from both hides in my gallery, a decent telephoto lens should get even better results. A Bittern & up to 3 Water Rails have also been seen there very recently- But not while i`ve been there !! yet!!!!!

Ooops Alan beat me to it, he knows Lavell`s better, so maybe the perches aren`t as close as I thought

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Sorry to butt in are the Kingfishers at Dinton pastures within photographic range?

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LOL - How many of us have got 100's of shots like this. This afternoons effort, I saw it flash across the lake into the tree on the island. Taken with 300mm about 50 yards away. One day I'll be ready when it's close up.
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Alan - considerably better than mine from the same place!
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Alan - considerably better than mine from the same place!
http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/bbirds/kingfisher.html
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I'm impressed with your site and the number of different birds you've managed to photo.
Well done!.

As to the Kingfisher, I think she's the most photographed bird in the whole of Berkshire, and, I've had a lot more practice on her!.
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