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Nation diary: kingfisher evokes delusion

Holme, Norfolk Myths and misconceptions encompass this diminutive fowl, which may cover in plain sight regardless of its dazzling plumage

It’s humorous how kingfishers, the boldest-coloured birds in Britain, have impressed a lot confusion. The most common instance issues their measurement. Many individuals seeing one for the primary time are flabbergasted at its smallness.

A current encounter jogged my memory simply how sparrow-like they’re. For 20 minutes, I’d sat earlier than a pool scanning the center distance for harriers and winter geese, earlier than noticing a kingfisher had been perched there on a regular basis. It was solely when it made its silvery piping notes that I fastened its location on a reed mace head.

Associated: Surprising blue: recognizing kingfishers with the Essex Wildlife Belief

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