I haven't had much time to get out this week what with the weather and a few gardening jobs to see to. Today was my chance to remedy this, so when I saw the rain this morning I was not a happy chappie. That is until I looked out of the kitchen window at about 9 o'clock and saw this ray of sunshine sitting by my pond. The pictures were taken through rain streaked patio doors and the light was rubbish but what a great way to brighten up a dismal morning.
There has been quite a bit of Kingfisher activity around the lake this week with two birds calling excitedly and on occasions flying over the garden and once even over the top of the house. I wondered if these might be newly fledged birds although this does fit the adult courtship behaviour, maybe a prelude to a second brood hopefully.
The picture above leads me to think that it's a young bird; the chest looks slightly mottled, the feet are not bright red as in adults and the bill looks slightly short to me. If it is it will soon be on it's way, as they become independent a few days after fledging and then face the most dangerous time of their lives learning to dive and feed, young birds can become waterlogged and drown or die of starvation if they don't get it right. If it helps, this one can practice in my pond anytime it likes!