For the past many years, we’ve been lucky enough to attract kingfishers to our property. They’ve hung around the ponds, of course, and it wasn’t unusual to catch them, if you had a quick eye, flying about with what looked like a small fish in their beaks.

This summer we haven’t been so lucky… until recently. I think it is just one individual. Anyone seeing me the first time I head its chatter would have thought I was loony, because a smile spread across my face for no apparent reason. Looking quickly, I observed the bird swooping around some greenery, then floating up and perching on one of the dead trees surrounding the pond. I would not have liked being a minnow in the pond under the steely eye of that bird.

Perhaps this one will find a welcome territory next year when breeding territories are sought. I hope so.

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