Sequim Daily Photo
Views of Sequim, the Olympic Peninsula. . .and beyond
My new zoom let me look this guy in the eye. Very cool.
It’s a belted kingfisher.
Very cool is right! Did you know its name or did you have to look it up in a book. I ask because I always have to look birds up in a book. Bird books. They’re all the rage unless you’re a birder. Are you a birder?
Love the shot! You’re making good use of that new zoomer!
Way cool Kay! It’s so exciting and rewarding when you manage to snap a good bird shot.. well I get excited 😀
and he’s beautiful. Don’t believe I’ve seen one of these birds before. Great shot, Kay!
Kingfisher, by Mary Oliver
The kingfisher rises out of the black wave
like a blue flower, in his beak
he carries a silver leaf. I think this is
the prettiest world — so long as you don’t mind
a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life
that doesn’t have its splash of happiness?
There are more fish than there are leaves
on a thousand trees, and anyway the kingfisher
wasn’t born to think about it, or anything else.
When the wave snaps shut over his blue head, the water
remains water–hunger is the only story
he has ever heard in his life that he could believe.
I don’t say he’s right. Neither
do I say he’s wrong. Religiously he swallows the silver leaf
with its broken red river, and with a rough and easy cry
I couldn’t rouse out of my thoughtful body
if my life depended on it, he swings back
over the bright sea to do the same thing, to do it
(as I long to do something, anything) perfectly.
Beautiful! Well done…getting such a nice shot of this little fellow. Definitely not an easy feat.
I have seen kingfishers down here in previous years, but not yet. I will have to start looking.
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