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Nesting kingfishers

Duration: 00:50

By April the pair have chosen the nest site. This bank has been used by kingfishers for generations. High enough not to flood and safe from predators. They take turns, it's hard work tunnelling into the mud and may take two weeks to complete and might be a metre long when finished with an egg chamber at the end. But the happy couple have a problem - good territory and loyal males are hard to come by and there's an intruder. The first reaction is most often the case - to fly at the intruder and chase it off. Intruders will not be tolerated.

Available since: Tue 11 May 2010


John James
Camera Operator
Charlie Hamilton-James
Philippa Forrester
Charlie Hamilton-James

This clip is from

Natural World 2002-2003, My Halcyon River

3/17 A portrait of a British river, chronicling the the wildlife that lives in and around it.

First broadcast: 24 Nov 2002

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