Nature's Place

Royal Fishers

Kingfishers …

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

It’s the middle of Autumn here in Australia and the pace is slowing down for some. The insect life or activity has reduced but the birds weren’t built for the sudden falloff.

Birds don’t store energy as fat like wingless creatures do. They wouldn’t be able to fly otherwise, at least not efficiently and survivably – my own new word.

So I’m helping them out for a while, see what happens. And what happens is they show up en masse. The raucous Mynas and Lorrikeets, and the quieter ones too.

But the king and queen of them all has to be the Kookaburras. A pair that come to oversee the melee below, as kings and queens should do.

It allows for perspective, not to attend the fray.

Nor to think about what is beneath.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. kopfundgestalt said, on 22/04/2023 at 6:01 pm

    No insects anymore?! 😀😉
    Regarding weight: the humble bee should not be able to fly because of its weight but it does.

    I wonder how much energy a flight costs. A fly is able to pull out nectar from a flower to a degree of maybe 0,0001 gramm. With that very very tiny amount of energy it can fly around in a way thats hard to understand.

    • Mark said, on 23/04/2023 at 11:58 am

      Not here right now, in spite of me growing flowers for their consideration. Their numbers have been declining for years now. Cars can drive in the countryside now and come back with clean windshields. It used to be they’d come back with dead insects splattered all over it. So I’m catching what I can.

      The bumble bee is a chubby looking little thing, but very successful at its job in nature. I don’t really know any of the science, that I could use effectively one way or another, but it’s an amazing nature regardless. :-)

  2. Laura said, on 13/04/2023 at 4:45 am

    Love these photos, Mark! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. rich1698 said, on 12/04/2023 at 11:17 pm

    I can hear these photos Brrrrrr Kaa kaa kaaa kaaa

    • Mark said, on 12/04/2023 at 11:46 pm

      Ha ha … These two were of the quiet variety that day.

  4. picpholio said, on 12/04/2023 at 7:08 pm

    Awesome captures and so different from our King fisher.

    • Mark said, on 12/04/2023 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks Rudi. These are giants by comparison, and less colourful.

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