A lady wth Jewellery

Sat in a hide last week we heard a familiar two toned whistle shortly followed by the sight of an electric blue flash across the water. This Kingfisher had an orange lower mandible and therefore was female – the males having an all dark bills. It’s the females that wear lipstick!

Repeatedly diving into the one patch of water that was sheltered from the wind and free from fish cloaking ripples, sometimes she caught a fish and sometimes she missed. We saw five being caught and eaten. The reeds on which she perched were dancing in the northerly and she manoeuvred her body to keep very sharp eyes steady on the water. Leaning forward to accommodate the movement she revealed her jewellery. The bird was ringed on the right leg.

I’m not aware of anyone ringing Kingfishers locally; it would be interesting to find out just where this little lady was from.


8 Responses to “A lady wth Jewellery”

  1. December 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    One of my favorite birds – I used to enjoy watching Eurasian kingfishers in Japan. I didn’t know about the bill color being diagnostic of sexes. Thanks for the interesting post! Jack

  2. 3 Malcolm
    December 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I liked that line about female kingfishers wearing lipstick. A great way to remember how to differentiate the sexes.


  3. 5 James Appleton
    December 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Regarding the bling, Martham’s not soooo far I guess…. http://eastnorfolkringinggroup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/we-are-back.html

    • December 3, 2012 at 12:21 am

      I guess it will have been ringed on the Broads somewhere James and perhaps has come to the coast for the winter. It would be good to know if any females had been ringed at Martham for sure.

  4. December 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    UEA Ringing Group rung a couple of Kingfishers at UEA this summer (I don’t know what sex) and they have also rung some at Whitlingham in the past, one of which made it as far as Suffolk.


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