A great day today at The Kingfisher Hide. It is stating the obvious to anyone who has seen Mark's photographs but he knows these birds, takes great photographs and is passionate about them.
It was muddy, the hide/shed is small, cold sat there for 9+ hours but oh my, you don't get this anywhere else I've been. I've found Kingshers in a number of places around Yorkshire (and had some success) but have often spent 6+ hours sat there for nothing. Not here. Within 5 minutes of Mark showing me around I had both male and female kingfishers within 10ft of the hide. I lost count of the number of visits but it was well over 15 in 8 hours and on 2 occassions both male and female.
It is not RSPB or YWT "anywhere" with their level of visitors, packed hides, noisy visitors and dogs running mad. It is what I'd like, a quiet, uninterrupted place, with surperb photographic opportunities you won't get anywhere else I know.