South African Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) is a river kingfisher which is widely distributed in Africa south of the Sahara


The African fish eagle, a specie I am not too familiar with, but what a lovely bird.

"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies catch flame;/As tumbled over rim in roundy wells/Stones ring;like each tucked string tells, each hung bells/Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name"--Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As Kingfishers Catch Fire."  ~~kingfisher by zahoor-salmi~~

Just as kingfishers reflect the bright daylight (“catch fire”) by their irridescent blue feathers, dragonflies also catch and reflect the sunlight as the color red (“flame”).

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We've had a very special Blue Crane that has observed us riding for quite a few years .he is now fondly known as Rodger!