Tuesday 2 January 2024

Winter Common Kingfisher

Winter is a good season for resident birds in Changsha as hunger emboldens them to come out into the open and the damp keeps away most of the tourists and hikers who would otherwise scare them away. For three years I have been observing this common kingfisher (alcedo atthis, 普通翠鸟) in Wangling park near the former tombs of Han Dynasty kings. Winter is dangerous weather for kingfishers: I hope he keeps warm and well fed until easy spring.

Common Kingfisher in Wangling Park