Kingfisher Silhouette

I seem to be in a black and white phase lately which feels a bit odd with spring color popping all around me. But if that is what is inspiring me to post, then so be it.

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Belted Kingfisher in flight

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Belted Kingfisher in flight

I was out early this morning experimenting with one of my old lenses, a classic Minolta 70-210, f 4, to see if it is worth hanging onto. There was a good variety of birds on the water but it was the silhouettes of this Belted kingfisher flying overhead that caught my eye when I opened the images on my computer. I think it is partly the contrast between the soar and the dive. I don’t have the big honking lenses to do justice to birds in the distance so I go for more of a “feel” of the moment.

Kingfishers alway bring to mind a poem by Gerald Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

 

“As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;

As tumbled over rim in roundy wells

Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s

Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;

………………………..”

 

And it keeps going with the wonderful crisp, words reminiscent of a Kingfisher chattering.

 

p.s. For those interested in the other birds I saw this morning while on the shore of Chuckanut Bay, here they are – Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Eared Grebe, Common Loon, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle.

 

 

 

 

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This entry was published on April 6, 2014 at 11:27. It’s filed under Birds, Nature, Pacific Northwest, Sky and clouds, Whatcom County and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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