I think everyone I know loves Kingfishers, and who can blame them, they are such colourful birds with their brilliant orange breasts and iridescent blues that change colour depending on the light; sometimes blue, sometimes green!
I don’t see them very often, so it is always a thrill to see that flash-of-blue as a kingfisher flies past you along a river. In mid summer after they have bred, I sometimes have the opportunity to get very close views and take photographs from a hide at a local nature reserve. A new family of kingfishers will make their way upstream to the lake and spend some time learning to fish from the conveniently placed branches in front of the hide.
After a couple of weeks they seem to appear less often during the day and only show at dawn or dusk when the light is poor, then there are fewer and fewer sightings the rest of the year until the next summer.