Taking a class of primary school children to photograph kingfishers – perhaps a challenge too far? Or maybe an incredibly inspiring day for the children and myself. I’ve worked with Hertingfordbury Cowper school a number of times and the teachers are used to my wild ideas. So with exams over for the Year 6’s, they were more than keen to try for kingfishers at their local RSPB reserve, Rye Meads – just a short drive away.
The day was warm, sunny and couldn’t have been better for our photographic safari, exploring the wonderful wetlands of Rye Meads. Discovering dragonflies, kestrels, nesting terns, swans with cygnets, little grebes, ragged robin and even a marsh harrier, the class produced some stunning images and artwork in wetlands. The pupils were very observant, absorbing every moment of the day.
And once concealed in the kingfisher hide, every child watched the resident pair of nesting kingfishers as they brought food back to the nest. We had stunning views of the birds in flight, fishing, diving in to the water and preening their feathers. And the audio was wonderful too, the shrill call of the kingfisher joined by clicking of cameras and sheer excitement of the children.
‘I’ve just been looking at the children’s photos and, to be honest, I’m quite choked up! They are amazing, I’m so thrilled with them and proud of the children. You can tell they’ve had the privilege of working with you before as they’re really now thinking about how to take something in a different way, it’s wonderful! Thank you!
We’re definitely going to attempt some fabric painting and perhaps some 3D fabric work and then, hopefully, create a large mural. I also want to use the photos for some reflective PSCHE work. Lots to do in a short space of time!! Class Teacher
Thank you to all the staff and Yr6 pupils at Hertingordbury Cowper, the amazing team at Rye Meads nature reserve and other guests in the hide, for making this a perfect day
And the only way to end, is with photos by the pupils