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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo Atthis) Just 12cm high with strident blue plumage and the flying-style of a speeding bullet, a kingfisher can really pack a punch. But in spite of all its dazzling brilliance, it is also deeply secretive. As a wildlife artist, I made it my mission to find out more. I built an artificial nest box and watched as a kingfisher pair raised their chicks inside. Here are five of the fascinating facts I […]

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Revealing the underground world of kingfishers It’s mid-January and I’m wading thigh-high through a stream looking for kingfishers. Minnows dart before each footstep. I hear a faint high-pitched peeping sound ahead and slow my pace. A flash of orange and cobalt blue whizzes by. As an artist, I find the vivid pallet of kingfishers irresistible and I have often painted them. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about their behaviour, but I’ve always longed […]

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This painting of a kingfisher is the result of a secret study of these brilliant birds inside their dark underground nest. I built a bespoke nest chamber and installed hidden cameras inside so that I could watch what happens when these brightly-coloured birds disappear underground to bring up their young in the dark. Filming Kingfishers Underground And I discovered an extraordinary world under there. For a start, who knew that the chicks looked like aliens? […]

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Electric blue and accented in bright orange, kingfishers are undoubtedly Britain’s most striking birds. This art collection follows an intensive study of their behaviour, during which I filmed kingfisher chicks inside their underground nests.   Paintings Inspired by Kingfishers The sight of a kingfisher is often no more than a fleeting flash of blue as it darts along a riverbank and so in order to study this bird closely for this collection of detailed paintings, […]

Wildlife Artist Research Robert E Fuller

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I’ve been filming a kingfisher pair inside their underground nest from cameras hidden in a box I made especially for them and the footage has been so groundbreaking I featured on BBC Springwatch. I’ve felt like a bit of a spy looking in on their daily interactions. My last blog tells the story up to the point that the first eggs were hatched. Click here to read it. After two weeks of incubation the male […]


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