I see one or two kingfishers almost every time I go for a walk in my local area, but it’s usually just a flash of blue as they fly away to a spot further along the stream. They are such wary birds and I’ve found it just about impossible to see one sitting still. So I counted myself extremely fortunate this morning when I saw the kingfisher before it saw me. I threw myself down in the grass and crawled to a place where I could get the shots below. I know they are far from perfect, but they are my best ones to date. I really need to sit in a hide and wait if I’m going to get better photos…

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Common Kingfisher (kawasemi): Alcedo atthis