The Kingfisher is one of the Eden rivers’ most beautiful creatures, but it’s lightning fast and not always easy to spot. Often the most you’ll see is a flash of blue and orange streaking past in the blink of an eye.
Although small in size, the kingfisher is an amazing hunter; it has to be, as it needs to catch at least its own body-weight in fish each day, and even more when feeding its young. It hunts by perching on branches overhanging shallow rivers or streams. When it spots its prey it dives like a lightning bolt into the water with its eyes closed and beak open.
The kingfisher builds its nest deep inside burrows in the sandy riverbank. These hideaways keep the young safe from predators.
The kingfisher population has been badly affected by damage to riverbanks as it makes it difficult for them to build their nests.