I have always been fascinated by these brightly coloured birds so was pleased to read this article. It suggests that kingfisher numbers are on the rise. In fact the number of kingfishers seen by members of the public has risen 217% between March and September. It seems the rise is because of the increase in water quality which means kingfishers are more able to hunt for their food. It is now estimated that there are between 4,800 and 8,000 breeding pairs across the UK so it might be worth looking out for one next time you are near a stream.