Wildlife : Birdwatching - 1157 🐦

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πŸ¦‰ The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), also known as the Eurasian kingfisher and river kingfisher

πŸ“š Alcedo alcedo, alcedinis, alcyon, ΠΈΠ»ΠΈ halcedo, halcedinis (lat) - the word "hals" in ancient Greek. language meant "sea", along with the word thalassa. In ancient Greek. mythology Alcyone (Alcyone), daughter of the god of winds Aeolus, was a wife Keix, who drowned due to the wrath of the gods. Alcyone threw herself into the sea in grief and also died. The gods took mercy and turned the spouses into kingfishers. While looking for her husband, Alcyone calls out β€œKeix! Keix! ”And dives, trying to find him in the sea.
πŸ“š atthis (ancient Greek mythology) - divine youth of extraordinary beauty.

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So, having found a burrow of these birds, I put a mark in my map.
It was easy to get to the hole, so I decided to observe the life of these wonderful birds.

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A week later, I came to this place and looked into the hole. I turned on the flash on my phone and took a photo. There was a female and she was hatching eggs. Aha! It means that nestlings will be in this hole. It's just that sometimes kingfishers can dig multiple holes. For example, for some reason, one did not like it, for example, insufficient depth and digging further does not work. Or if some predator discovers a hole and flies in to inspect it many times. In such cases, another nesting site is chosen.

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After about three weeks, I decided to visit them again. And there were already nestlings in the hole! There were about three of them. I saw little kingfishers for the first time. In principle, this is a great rarity.

Judging by the fact that the nestlings already have feathers, after about one - two weeks they have already flown out of the hole and learned life from their parents.

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