A few years ago this delicate little bird in the photograph flew into a window at Kings Street s British Telecom building.
The poor thing looked to be in a very poor state, but still alive. It is a Kingfisher, a lovely bird with amazing colours which seem to change with each movement the bird makes. This is because of the iridescent blues, orange-red and white with bright red feet.
They are very hard to detect as they tend to perch under in the undergrowth over a slow moving stream or pool waiting for a fish to appear, then as quick as a flash, they dive into the water, grab the fish, then back to the perch to swallow it.
These birds are only 16cm (6 inches long), yet it can swallow a fish half their size.
Records show that Bute has had its fair share of the Kingfishers in the past, but to see one now is nothing short of a miracle. They may be here, but you can spend all day going up and down and not see one.
They also like unpolluted waters, and today that is hard to come by.
Back to this poor wee injured bird. It soon recovered and was released at the Lovers Walk, and flew away quite the thing.
Nice to have a happy ending for a change!
ps. the last sighting I heard of was at the Lade at Mill St. Was it the same bird?
pps. Now 2013. The best place to see them is at Loch Fad Causeway where the loch enters the Kirk Dam. With plenty of patience?