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The kingfisher who came to tea: Britain's shyest bird makes himself at home in kitchen


By Amanda Perthen

Last updated at 12:08 AM on 05th October 2008



They're among the most beautiful, and shyest, creatures in Britain – you can wait by a river for hours in the hope of glimpsing one and be rewarded with nothing more than a fleeting flash of electric blue.


So imagine John Dent’s astonishment when he wandered into his kitchen – and spotted a kingfisher calmly perched beside his teapot.


Mr Dent had regularly spied the bird visiting his garden pond but never expected to encounter it inside his cottage in Withington, Herefordshire.


article-1068549-02D9EB6100000578-723_468x547.jpg Flying visit: the kingfisher flew into Mr Dent's window and settled by the teapot



article-1068549-02D9EB7500000578-15_468x286.jpg Bird watcher: Mr Dent often sees the bird in his garden but it has never come in




The retired farmer was disappointed when the bird quickly flew away. But the kingfisher made a second visit, giving Mr Dent time to grab his camera and capture this astonishing image.

Mr Dent, 74, who lives with his wife Elizabeth, 70, said: ‘He has been into the house twice now which is quite remarkable.


‘Thank God I had my camera to hand to get a picture of the little fella otherwise I don’t think anyone would have believed me. I had left the kitchen window open and noticed a flash of blue in the corner of my eye. When I saw him sitting right next to the teapot I thought he may have wanted a cup of tea.


‘After I took the picture I caught him gently and let him back out of the window. It was very unusual. Bird-watchers know how lucky you have to be to spot a kingfisher in the wild.’


Mr Dent said the bird, no bigger than a sparrow, had a plentiful supply of food outside so he could not explain why it flew in.


He added: ‘He has been coming to our pond since last November. It is full of

little black carp, which are ideal food for a kingfisher. He sits on a post, catches them, brings them out and swallows them head first.’


Andy Waters, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said: ‘This is quite bizarre and extremely rare. I have never heard of a kingfisher flying into someone’s house. I can only imagine that he may be quite young and has lost his way a little bit.


'They are certainly one of the world’s most amazing birds and getting an opportunity to see one up close like this is fantastic.’

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