Object of the Week: Kingfisher

A Kingfisher from the World Wildlife Gallery Collection

“…you will see it come to rest in a riverside bush and be able to see it’s lovely chestnut front.

Curator Carol Davies AMA writes:

There are kingfishers on the River Kent. They are easily seen as you walk along the riverside. I watched a beautiful kingfisher yesterday, first you see a startling flash of blue and then if you follow with your eyes you will see it come to rest in a riverside bush and be able to see its lovely chestnut front. 

They are looking for little fish which they catch, using speed and precision as they dart into the water.  

At Kendal Museum World Wildlife Gallery and in the Lake District Gallery, now at The National Park Centre, Brockhole, there are Kingfishers on display. These little birds have been preserved with Victorian taxidermy so that in the days before television, they could be admired by people. 

Come and have a look and find out more when we’re open! 

Carol Davies Curator of Collections Kendal Museum