THE COMMON KINGFISHER - so how did it get its name? Well, that depends on where you get your facts from; A Christian God or Darwin, or elsewhere. If the former, then you may know that it was the kingfisher that was said to be the first bird to fly from Noah's ark after the deluge. To honour this bird (which i presume was just a little brown job previously) it then received the orange of the setting sun on its breast and the blue of the sky on its back.
Which crop do you prefer, vertical or horizontal? always tough for me to choose, so I put in both.
In this close up you can see that lovely blue stripe of feathers down their backs that makes them so iridescent as they fly in the sun.
They often use a branch or a post to perch whilst they fish.