The urban kingfisher

Kingfishers are not uncommon where I live. These days they even come and perch on cable and electricity wires high up in the sky and from there make their shrill calls.

Often I have seen a fisher meditating on a low branch next to a pond take a sudden swoop into the water. It emerges in a jiffy with a flash of turquoise, triumphant, a fish in its beak. Today was more interesting. This particular specimen was perched on a cable wire near a tarred road. Suddenly it swooped down low on to the road surface, picked up something in its beak and went back to its original wiry perch. Just another example of how birds adapt to the urban environment.

(Photo clicked elsewhere by me)

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