Kingfisher sightings have been a daily occurrence this September. The stunning cobalt blue birds have flickered by the Hannah Molly,
a 12 seater open boat to the delight of our customers, especially on Frenchman’s Creek and Port Navas Creek.
There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher and unlike the large kingfishers we saw in Sri Lanka who were happy to sit in the trees, on our cruises we see the common kingfishers, which are much smaller.
All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails and unlike other bird species there is little difference between the males and females.
Kingfishers sighted on the Helford River and creeks consume fish, which are caught by swooping down from a perch and nest in tunnels dug into natural or artificial banks in the ground. Interestingly most of the kingfisher species in the world live away from water and eat small invertebrates.
Kingfishers are common in central and southern England, but less common further north.
Herons and Egrets are also regularly sighted on our cruises.