Stunning blue: recognizing kingfishers with the Essex Wildlife Belief

The blue-and-orange birds could be a uncommon sight on the riverbank, until you recognize the place to look. Fingringhoe, close to Colchester, it seems, is the place to search out essentially the most majestic of winged creatures

I’m going to wish endurance, a little bit of luck and, clearly, water and fish if I’m going to see a kingfisher right now, says Charlie Oliver of the Essex Wildlife Belief. Endurance I’ve by no means had a lot of, nor luck truly. As for water and fish, I believed Charlie – or at the very least Essex – have been going to supply them. Already I’m not feeling hopeful.

I’ve seen kingfishers earlier than, most likely 4 or 5 occasions in my life. I’ve by no means got down to spot one, although, they’ve simply blue-flashed previous over the water. It’s all the time been extremely thrilling, as a result of they’re so sudden, they appear so unique and misplaced, like one thing that belongs within the jungles of Costa bloody Rica, not flying alongside the Regent’s canal in London. But it surely has solely been each 10 years or so – actually, what are the probabilities of seeing one right here in a single afternoon? Properly once more, hopefully that is the place Charlie performs his half. It helps to be with somebody who is aware of the place to look.

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