(Common/Eurasian) Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
The Kingfisher is one of our prettiest birds, although often all that is seen is a "kingfisher-blue" flash as the elusive small bird dashes out of sight. It takes small fish and larvae from ponds and streams. The female, above, has an orange lower bill and the male, below, an all black bill.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
The Kingfisher turns the hapless fish round to feed to its young head first.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
The russet front with white chin and neck flash
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
After feeding the fish to the young, the parent flies off to fish for another.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Again the fish is turned head first on an adjacent perch before taking it to the nest.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Once delivered to the nestlings, the Kingfisher flies off to fetch another.
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Change-over time: male flies out of nest and female (returned to perch) will fly in for her turn of baby-sitting duty.