The Kingfisher Christmas Obidos lagoon, portugal

We have had many fleeting glimpses of kingfishers down by the lagoon in Obidos, Portugal. Even though we had found one or two favourite fishing spots the kingfishers they kept their distance and so I never had shot good photos of them.

So many shots where all I ever saw was the fast retreating bird I had hoped to photograph.
Visitors to the lagoon

While down photographing a group of visiting flamingos we met three local photographers who had some of the most glorious shots of kingfishers around the area... simply fabulous shots that whetted my appetite to get close to one of these illusive birds.

Back in the UK trips to the RSPB reserve at Royston were a great chance to see and photograph these birds... but it felt like cheating as experts had built the ideal environment and had done all the hard work for me. I was grateful, but not yet happy I had done it myself.

Then on our trip for Christmas 2016, day one a kingfisher settled just where we were... and he stayed there.

Over the next few days we saw him again and again...

Settled on the rope of a bridge.

A little closer each day

At dawn each morning we waited in the same spot. And back he came.

And closer...

Even on the coldest day, all fluffed up, he was there...

Perched just a few feet away.

And all in a magically beautiful spot, where it was a joy to be.

And with our eyes getting more and more used to spotting his flight, we started seeing kingfishers around the lagoon - seven different individual birds for sure... maybe more.

The life of the lagoon was far more than the kingfishers.

An ever present army of robins were a delight to see.

But for us, it was a Kingfisher Christmas

And then back to the UK, and just fleeting glimpses on the Thames where we live.

Except our first day back....

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