Like past years, Beleef de Lente 2012
hopes to follow pair of Common Kingfishers (Alcedo atthis)
via a webcam. In 2011, we often saw the birds via the 2 outside webcams, but they did not nest in the artificial nest that had been equipped with a webcam with infrared lights.
However, this year the webcams have been placed at a different location where a pair has been breeding succesfully last season, in 2 artificial nests in an artificial "breeding wall" somewhere in Amsterdam (small park not open for visitors). One webcam has been placed in one of the 2 nestpipes, the 2nd (still) offers a view on the breeding site.
Image of outside webcam with entrances to the 2 nestpipes marked in red:
And right on the first day the cams went on line, at noon a male Kingfisher was spotted inside the nestpipe! Since then, he has been "at work" cleaning up the floor of the nest.
Last Sunday, 10 days later, for the first time a female Kingfisher appeared, which the male had attracted to the nest. It is great to see him try to lure her into the nest! On Tuesday, we saw him offer her a fish, but she declined. On Wednesday he was successful
AND ... she finally, after much hesitation, took a look in the nestpipe where he had been busy: