KINGFISHERS & BEE-EATERS

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BEE-EATERS(MEROPS APIASTER) IN VICTORIAN DOME,HIGHLY COLOURFUL BIRD FROM MEDITEREANEAN REGIONS,REGULAR MIGRANT TO BRITAIN,WITH OVER A HUNDRED BEING SPOTTED BY BIRDWATCHERS ANNUALLY,BRED IN WARMER SUMMERS OF 20TH CENTURY,AND IN 2005 A PAIR ATTEMPTED TO BREED IN WORCESTERSHIRE.THESE FINE SPECIMENS ARE FROM MALTA,A COUNTRY WHOSE TRADITIONAL SHOOTING SLAUGHTER HAS REDUCED THIS AND MANY MIGRATORY BIRDS,PARTICULARLY OUR SUMMER VISITORS,TURTLE DOVES,NIGHTINGALES,WARBLERS.

EUROPEAN BEE-EATER

EUROPEAN BEE-EATER

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GIANT KINGFISHER FROM CASE OF EAST AFRICAN BIRDS AS BIG AS A CROW

GIANT KINGFISHERS

NICE CASED BLACK-HEADED KINGFISHER FROM ASIA

BLUE-WINGED KOOKABURRA

CASED GREAT KINGFISHERS

SUPERB KINGFISHER WALL DOME

HARD TO BELIEVE ITS STUFFED

COLLARED KINGFISHER FROM AUSTRALIA

LABLED CASE BY WHITE OF SALISBURY

SUPERB COLOURFUL BIRD

KINGFISHER IN FLIGHT

KINGFISHER IN DOME BY LES TURNER

BLACK-HEADED KINGFISHER FROM INDONESIA

HUGE INDONESIAN BLACK CAPPED KINGFISHER

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TROPICAL WHITE BREASTED KINGFISHER(HALCYON SMERNENSIS) IN GLASS DOME,ANOTHER LARGER KINGFISHER FROM ASIA MINOR TO FORMOSA

NEWLY MOUNTED KINGFISHER

KINGFISHERS(ALCEDO ATTHIS)THE HALCYON BIRD,SIMPLY GORGEOUS BIRDS

WALL CASED KINGFISHER

MOUNT BY MURRAY OF CARNFORTH

BLUE-WINGED KINGFISHER

HAND HELD MOUNT SHOWING SUPER COLOURS OF THIS FEMALE BIRD

CLOSE UP OF BRITAINS MOST COLOURFUL BIRD

CASE OF 1832 KIMGFISHERS ONE OF THE OLDEST CASES WE KNOW OF

EUROPEAN KINGFISHER(ALCEDO ATTHIS)ONE OF BRITAINS MOST STRIKINGLY COLOURFUL BIRDS,CERTAINLY THE MOST COLOURFUL VISITOR TO MY GARDEN POND,THIS IS A MALE BIRD IN A LARGE CASE OF BRITISH BIRDS,RESIDENT BREEDING BIRD BUT VERY SUSPECT TO HARD WINTERS,AS BRITISH WATERWAYS KEEP INCREASING IN QUALITY THE NUMBERS OF KINGFISHERS SHOULD RECOVER ON THEIR FORMER NUMBERS,WAS DECLINING PRIOR TO 1985,BUT SIGNS OF A RECOVERY AND WILL ALSO BENEFIT FROM MILDER WINTERS.

1879 KINGFISHER RE-MOUNTED AFTER RENOVATION

KINGFISHER IN GLASS DOME

THREE KINGFISHERS IN DOME

PIED KINGFISHER

PIED KINGFISHER

NICE CASED PIED KINGFISHER

MALACHITE KINGFISHER FROM KENYA

PYGMY OR MALACHITE KINGFISHER

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THIS SUPERB DIAMOND GLAZED CASE BUILT AND SET,MOUNTED BY H.H.BRYANT OF WELLINGBOROUGH,A PIED KINGFISHER(CERYLE RUDIS)COMMON TO VERY COMMON AFRICAN KINGFISHER,

THE CLOSE UP HOVERING IN WOODLAND POOLS OF THIS BIRD AND THE TINY MALACHITE KINGFISHER,BRING BACK MEMORIES OF KENYAN SAFARIS TO ME.

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BELTED KINGFISHER(MEGACERYLE ALCYON)FEMALE,NORTH AMERICAS MOST COMMON KINGFISHER,VICTIRIAN SPECIMEN AWAITING RENOVATION AND SUITABLE DOME.OVER TWICE THE SIZE,AND MUCH MORE STOCKIER THAN EUROPEAN COUNTERPART.

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KINGFISHER IN WALL CASE

WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER

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WAXWING(BOMBACILLA GARRULUS)STARLING SIZED WINTER VISITOR,HARD WINTERS IN SCANDINAVIA AND SIBERIA CAN MEAN WAXWING YEARS OFHUGE INVASIONS,USUALLY AROUND 100 BIRDS ARE SEEN IN BRITAIN,BUT IN SOME YEARS THIS DRAMATIC INCREASE CAN REACH THOUSANDS WHICH FEED ON OUR PARKLANDS AND HEDGEROW HAWTHORNS,ROWAN,WHITEBEAM AS WELL AS FALLEN FRUITS,EVEN RARER IS THE VISIT OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BOHEMIAN WAXWING TO OUR SHORES.

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WALL CASED WAXWING

GIANT KINGFISHER FROM CASE OF AFRICAN BIRDS

MALACHITE KINGFISHER FROM KENYA

TWO LOVELY KINGFISHERS IN COLOURFUL CASE OF MIXED BIRDS

EUROPEAN HOOPOE

EXOTIC KINGFISHER IN CASE

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