Kingfisher preening movie

Once the eggs have hatched the nest burrow starts becoming an increasingly mucky environment. Preening becomes an essential activity for the adults to ensure they’re in peak condition for hunting.

At the moment the kingfishers are using the perches and calmer water created by a fallen tree for preening.

The close ups in this video show the female repeatedly diving into the water and then settling for a preening session that I’ve actually edited down a lot (she actually sat there preening for over 4 minutes of which I filmed¬†nearly¬†3 minutes).

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  1. I’ve just found this (from BF) and am really enjoying your pictures and descriptions! When you spend so much time with the birds (or watching for them as they come and go), you feel like they are practically family I guess. Watching your last video of the female, I was trying to see if there was any sign of a brood patch, but perhaps not… Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Gretchen
      I think you’re right about the brood patch. This clip was taken right at the end of brooding the eggs just as the young had hatched, so it would make sense. You can’t see it clearly at all, but there is definitely the suggestion of a patch that looks like exposed flesh.

      All the best

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