On Grey December Days We All Need A Splash Of Colour And Nothing Better Than Kingfishers

Birdbox Kingfisher Lackford Lakes

The Common Kingfisher widespread rather than common would be a much better name!

All birds are brilliant but some might be just a tiny bit more brilliant than others? So on a grey December day, well it is here in North Wales, we thought it would be good to have a look at some of these birds. One family of birds comes to mind when thinking of birds to brighten your day, kingfishers, they are often so beautiful! They are a wide spread family of birds too allowing most of us to enjoy at least one species wherever we live, unless you live in Antarctica! Here in the UK we have the one resident species the Common Kingfisher which has a huge distribution from Ireland east to Japan! Very rarely a Belted Kingfisher from North America reaches our shores. We have been very lucky to encounter some wonderful kingfishers on our travels here are a few of them...

Ringed Kingfisher July 2016 2

Ringed Kingfisher a monster kingfisher the size of a large crow - Brazil.

From huge to tiny the stunning gem of a Malachite Kingfisher in Botswana.

Collared Kingfisher Borneo 2018

A pair of Collared Kinfishers from hot and steamy Borneo.

Brown winged Kingfisher 2

In Thailand we found the Brown-winged Kingfisher in the mangrove swamps.

The Giant Kingfisher this one enjoyed in Uganda just look at that beak!

Green Kingfisher 1

A Green Kingfisher poses on a handy post in The Pantanal, Brazil.

Woodland Kingfisher

Here a Woodland Kingfisher lives up to its name being in Botswana woodland.

Another from bird rich Botswana the Brown-hooded Kingfisher.

This Belted Kingfisher was way down south in Argentina.

An ever so small African Pygmy Kingfisher in Uganda.

A wonderful Pied Kingfisher enjoyed in The Gambia, West Africa.

The huge beak is amazing on Stork-billed Kingfishers in Thailand.

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