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Two fishermen at Upper Arley on the River Severn, (Spot the Bird)

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The Angler...has fine opportunities for observation...there are few objects more beautiful than found by a river, say a Kingfisher watching by the waterside on a spray, that his red vest and turquoise coat may bring some member of the finny tribe to the surface...John Randall, The Severn Valley (1882)

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pedrocut on January 12, 2009

Not a sharp image but the picture captures two fishermen in blue! At the end of the spare rods a Kingfisher also waits patiently for a bite. Man and nature in harmony!

I once watched Bill Oddie dressed in ridiculous camouflage on the side of a river bank in search of Kingfishers. Had no one told him to get his rods out?

Sue Allen on January 12, 2009

oH yes, I see him, Peter, he's such a vivid blue and what a good vantage point he found for himself. Did the fisherman realize he was there? I wondered, as he doesn't appear to be watching him, but what a thrill, to have him share this riverbank!

Thanks so much for sharing this, Peter.

If you ever want to do a link, if you do the following, but leave no gaps it will turn into a blue link when you press send. So here goes.... start off with the square brackets around the words you want to highlight.. [here is a kingfisher] (

Make sure to check that the opening bracket is in place before you press send, as it often seems to disappear and need to be re-inserted for some reason.

Close your round bracket once you've pasted the address of the photo or place you want to link to.

Don't leave any gaps between the closing square bracket and the opening round bracket and it will make a link when you press send - I had to leave a gap to show you what it would look like.

I mean, I'm quite happy to just paste your links into my browser, but I thought if you wanted to do them so they're really quick, then this might come in handy. I'm not the best at explaining them though, sorry, I waffle on too much.

Very best wishes to you,


pedrocut on January 12, 2009

Sue, I am sure the lad knows the Kingfisher is there!

Many years ago I fished on the Severn at Ribbersford on a very cold, frosty and misty February morning; not far from where this picture was taken. My maggot supply was down by my right hand and after about half and hour I noticed, as I put my hand down, a robin jumped off the tin. From then on, if I did not move my hand towards the tin, at least a further 7 or 8 varieties of bird were regular visitors. I could even reel a fish in, take it of the hook and place it in the net without them stopping feeding. Only if my hand went towards the tin did they jump a yard away!

I had my best ever roach fishing day, catching very large fish. I would have caught more if occasionally a Kingfisher had not used my rod as one of his hunting points. Although my float continually went under I could not resume until he had made his catch. And actually he never missed a bite! When the fry dispersed he would move off somewhere else, and come back about an hour later, I was at one point in his territory.

A truly memorable day!

Sue Allen on January 12, 2009

Oh what a brilliant story! It's one of those tales which makes me proud to be a member of the human race, to think that you were waiting to cast your rod until you wouldn't scare the kingfisher. My messenger is flashing or I would have said a lot more. My very kind regards to you, that really is a heart warming story, to think that you had all those little visitors. It's really special if wild birds and animals choose to share your world, isn't it? I love that about living where I do. Every creature can come and go as they please.


Sue Allen on January 12, 2009

Aha, I just followed your expertly done link back to here, Peter! Bravo!!

Jean Gregory Evans on May 30, 2009

Long ago, Peter, you left a comment on this photo of a Purple Finch with a link to this conversation and photo. After all this time, I realize I didn't see your nice comment. I enjoyed reading your conversation with dear Sue.

Sue was trying to annoy Guy a few hours ago but has not been by my gallery in a while, and I miss her. She always has a lot to say.

She and I both enjoyed your fishing trip story, that is just a great story! Makes me want to go and sit by the river here and I could except I have to get some chores done. It is a bright sunny day here today and we have had quite a bit of rain so it would be the perfect time to go. Maybe I'll do the chores later.


B.W. on September 3, 2009

Who`ve got the fish ;-)

Thank you for your visit and comment. Kind regards, Burkhard

Unda J. on November 22, 2011

thats brilliant! if i havent seen i wouldnt believe, i would think is one of those fisherman THE big fish tales :) ...and sharing worms with hungry robin!- you are gem!

pedrocut on November 22, 2011

Hi Unda J.

I remember that my friend had remarked at the extent to which Bill Oddie had gone to get pictures of a Kingfisher for a BBC programme; dressed in leafy disguise. He might as well have just got his fishing rods out!

Best wishes Peter

David Brown Photogra… on November 29, 2011

Everybody's taking pictures of Kingfishers except me.


I have my US Army camo net on order - so ol' Jethro is going to be in the running soon!

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  • Uploaded on January 12, 2009
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2006/11/02 16:22:20
    • Exposure: 0.050s (1/20)
    • Focal Length: 22.22mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash