Friday, 2 September 2016

Kingfisher Sighting, Norfolk


I have always hoped that I would have the chance to photograph a Kingfisher. My few sightings to date have been fleeting ones, and I had never had the pleasure of seeing one of these stunning birds on a perch before.

We visited Gooderstone Water Gardens in Norfolk over the weekend; and there, just outside the Kingfisher Hide, was ... a Kingfisher.

The Latin name is Alcedo atthis. The first word links up with the more familiar 'halcyon', derived from two Greek words and meaning 'conceived at sea'. According to mythology, halcyon birds bred on nests out in the ocean. The computer colour, cyan, derives from the Greek word, kuaneos, meaning 'dark blue'.

How can turquoise feathers really be a dusky brown? I have always found the phenomenon of iridescence and semi-iridescence a fascinating one! 




The view from the hide at Gooderstone, with two perfect Kingfisher perching sticks



























The water gardens at Gooderstone, Norfolk


9 comments:

Wilma said...

You certainly made up for lost time with these excellent shots, Caroline! So much action, too. It must have a been a great joy to watch.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great sighting and photos of the Kingfisher. They are beautiful birds. Happy Friday, have a happy weekend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh Caroline ... I am so pleased you were able to get these brilliant photo's.
So enjoyed looking at them and Gooderstone Gardens looks a very nice place to visit.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Caroline - I'm not sure if my earlier comment came through?

Just wanted to say I love your photo's and the gardens look a very nice place to visit.

Have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

Adam Tilt said...

Great sighting and photos Caroline. A species I am yet to capture on camera!

Denise inVA said...

Hi Caroline, just surfed on in from the Low Carb Diet as I noticed your comment about your Kingfisher, I decided to pop on over. So glad I did. Your photos are marvelous and I enjoyed them tremendously.

Ragged Robin said...

Wonderful photos and am so pleased you finally managed to get some photos of this species :) Never been lucky enough here to get a picture - the hide at Brandon Marsh which is the best place to see them is always packed with photographers and it is hard to get a seat!!! Have a good weekend.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos Caroline, kingfishers are so elusive for the photographer asthey tend to just dash past

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you all so much for your comments. I wonder how long it will be before I see the next Kingfisher...