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).