Kingfisher alert!

So, as you may have guessed from the title, this post is not about a plant but rather a kingfisher I spotted in the garden this morning.   The photographs are not the best as I don’t have much of a zoom lens and as soon as I got close to him he flew away.

But nonetheless, it is pretty great having a bird such as this in my garden.  There must be some kind of food he eats around – slugs, beetles?

Kingfisher alert!

Kingfisher alert!

Flight of the kingfisher.

Flight of the kingfisher.

17 Responses to Kingfisher alert!

  1. emme April 20, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    oooooh, i like the shot of him flying. they’re such beautiful birds, we often have them in our garden too. i guess they must eat beetles etc because there can’t be too many fish around for them. they do like to dive bomb the swimming pool though, and then ruffle themselves up all squat and neckless and dry off.

  2. Dagmar April 20, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    I like the first one, kingfishers rule, I have a shwe shwe skirt with one on it 😉

  3. Sons April 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    That is so cool… Our garden hasn’t cracked the nod yet, but wait – our indigenous plants are slowly growing – it’s going to be a kingfisher haven… Awesome shots Niall – what a little prince that kingfisher is…

  4. Niall McNulty April 21, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    Yeah, I was very excited to see him and he is back again today so hopefully he has a new home in my garden.

    Kingfishers do rule!

  5. mol-d April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    does he have any water to splash around in? maybe it’s time for a birdbath, smile..?

  6. brendan April 22, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    cool pics. maybe you should put some bread out for him 🙂

  7. Niall McNulty April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    don’t think bread is a good idea, its not a sparrow 😉

  8. Dagmar April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    Or a duck

  9. emme April 23, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    haha ducks. or should i say quack quack.

  10. Marie June 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    Kingfishers generally eat insects, crabs, small rodents and reptiles, so my guess is you already have food in your garden and that is why he came to visit

  11. elephant's eye September 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    We had a juvenile kingfisher, learning to fish. Papa showed him how it is done, then junior tried, and tried, until he did it, he got a frog!

  12. GrahamL October 13, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    That looks like a brown headed kingfisher and it dosent eat fish.There are about 10 species of Kingfisher and the ones that eat fish are the Mangrove Pied Malacite Half collard Pigmy and Giant King fishers.

  13. milez October 14, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Hey Graham. What do they eat if they don’t eat fish?

  14. GrahamL October 14, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Hello Milez.
    grubs and things

  15. chrisdb December 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    I had one in my garden… and it ate all the baby chameleons….!

  16. Niall December 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Hey Chris.

    Both are cool to have in your garden but I think I would prefer the chameleons!

    Did you manage to scare it aware or create a nursery for the chameleons?

  17. Steve May 5, 2010 at 2:39 am #

    I think these guys also eat small reptiles etc. Try giving him a raw sausage and watch him ‘kill’ their prey before eating it! 🙂

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