Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Urban nature - Kingfisher over Leeds City Station

Standing on platform 3 at Leeds City Station waiting for the Harrogate train, I spotted a small, short tailed, long billed bird fly from the direction of the River Aire, way above the station platforms and power lines towards the Leeds Liverpool Canal. As it crossed overhead I caught the flash of blue and recognised a Kingfisher. My previous encounter with a Kingfisher viewed from the Whitehall Road Bridge in autumn was, or so I thought, likely to be the closest proximity to the city centre but this one is going to be hard to beat.

5 comments:

  1. I'd agree with the 'hard to beat' comment about the Kingfisher over Leeds City Station Linda.

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  2. You just never know where any species might make an appearance Linda.

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  3. It was a really wonderful sighting, one of those things you immediately want to point out to the people around you, although I quickly came to the conclusion that doing so on a platform at Leeds Station was probably the best way to come across as an absolute fruit loop. So I had to make do with a couple of texts to more appreciative folk. Best wishes, Linda

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  4. I spotted a Kingfisher yesterday, on the river Aire down at Clarence Dock. What a fantastic sight and indicates the good/improving condition of the river!

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  5. They're a wonderful sight to see aren't they! Linda

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