Kingfishers Diving From The Perch (Video)

It looks like Kingfisher Perch V2.0 is finally starting to be a success! As you will see in the video below, there was a lot of activity yesterday and this morning. The Trail Cam seems to be having an issue. The way it works is that if motion is detected, 1 minute is recorded, however, for some reason, it doesn’t seem to record another minute if action continues. I will be looking into this, but at least I have some action to show which is as follows;

1st June at 3:16pm – A brief visit from what looks like the male.
1st June at 5:02pm – The sun has dropped behind the trees on the river bank so the perch is in the shadows, its difficult to tell if it’s a male or female.
1st June at 5:11pm – Again, difficult to tell the sex, but a dive for fish, this time a failed attempt.
2nd June at 7:00am – Difficult to tell, but I think it’s the male, 2 successful dives for fish. Also near the end another Kingfisher (I suspect the female) flies left to right and then back right to left before perching out of sight, but very vocal.

Listen out for all the other bird noises in the clips, there are Bee Eaters, Iberian Magpies, Iberian Chiffchaff and Nightingale to name a few.

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}

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New Magpie Perch Is A Success!

There is a small tree that didn’t last the winter this year due to it being very exposed, so instead of cutting it down I decided to shape it into a perch.

The idea behind it was to attract the Iberian Magpies (this post explains why they are not called the Azure-Winged!).

A few times daily, a flock of Magpies raid a bowl of Cat biscuits we leave outside for our “outdoor” Cats, so I placed a small container on the new perch with a few biscuits in there and setup the TrailCam to see what happens.

It was an instant success.

Iberian Magpie Perch

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