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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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Kingfishers are undoubtedly one of Britain’s most iconic waterside birds but despite their dazzling beauty, their future is precarious. These bright blue birds are listed as ‘amber’ by conservationists – which means their future survival is in danger. They are also registered as a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, meaning they are in need of additional protection. The main challenges kingfishers face are: Cold Temperatures Kingfishers struggle to hunt in freezing […]

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Despite their bright shock of electric-blue and orange feathers, it can be difficult to spot a kingfisher in the wild. I built an entire kingfisher bank so that I could watch them up close. Click here to read about what I discovered. If you simply want to be sure of seeing one next time you are out walking, here are a few tips. Look for them along rivers and streams Kingfishers live along clean waterways, […]

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  I replaced a waterside bank with a garden shed containing a hide and an artificial nest chamber so that I could watch kingfishers inside their underground nest.  The entire project took a month and led to some incredible kingfisher studies. Click here to read more about these. I installed my hide in situ in February, long before the breeding season. Here’s how I did it. Step One: Replicating the design of a kingfisher nesting […]

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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, […]

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This year I celebrate 20 years of painting the wildlife on my doorstep. I’ve been looking back at some of my favourite wild visitors and the paintings they inspired. See more at my winter exhibition at my gallery in Thixendale, North Yorkshire, from Nov 10th – Dec 2nd. July 1998 Only 2 tree sparrows at Fotherdale Painting the wildlife on the doorstep When I moved to Fotherdale Farm in 1998 the only bird life here was one […]

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I had a wonderful day yesterday. I travelled down to Sherborne Esate in Gloucestershire from my home in Thixendale, North Yorkshire. I went down to be filmed on BBC Springwatch Unsprung, which is the live analysis programme into fun wildlife stories. The Springwatch team had asked me to take down one of my original paintings, so I decided to take down my new acrylic painting of a kingfisher, below.   They also asked me to […]

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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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