A Kingfisher is alive and well and living in Wapping.
After three sightings in the space of two weeks <heart> Wapping deployed its entire Ornithology Photography (and Biography) Team yesterday with no luck.
Undeterred the Team went out again and within ten minutes spotted our very own Kingfisher or ‘Alcedo atthis’.
How wonderful is that?
These photographs are not up to our usual quality but are the first of the Wapping Kingfisher to our knowledge.
Even the best photo will have difficulty doing justice to the colours of this amazing bird. Even on a dull day like today there was a brilliant flash of colour as it flew off towards Wapping Woods.
The Kingfisher was first spotted directly opposite Tobacco Dock perched on the roof of one of the knackered old bird platforms.
It then flew up to the top of the old dock wall then flew underneath the Wapping Lane road bridge. It settled for a few seconds on the southern bank of the canal just past the bridge by 21 Wapping Lane.
Kingfishers always need running water and the weirs on the canal are just the job it seems.
Many thanks to those who have reported sightings in the last couple of weeks including John Archer, Biodiversity Officer for Tower Hamlets, @ and Miss MoneyPenny.
Find out more about Kingfishers
- RSPB Kingfisher
- Urban kingfishers making a home on London’s waterways (BBC)
- Video of above (One Show)
- BBC Kingfisher
- Common Kingfisher (Wikipedia)