Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kingfisher fun.

Down at the wharf in Steveston, among the fishing boats, a pair of Belted Kingfishers was playing tag.  This was interesting (to me, but to no one else, apparently), because I think of kingfishers as skittish birds that avoid humans--and there were plenty around in that tourist town--yet there they were, rattling maniacally, the way they do.  Above, a male is perched on a horizontal boat-part thing, and if you look carefully you can see the female approaching through the rigging.

She flies through, and he is hot after her.  They are both rattling away.  They flapped around the marina until the female landed back on the perch.

The male flew by.

She took off after him.  This went on for as long as I was there.

Kingfishers lead fun, rich lives, and have healthy diets.


Lea said...

Birds are such fun to watch!
So many people never pay them the slightest attention.
Have a wonderful week!
Lea's Menagerie
Mississippi, USA

Eskarina said...

"horizontal boat-part thing"
Yup, it is obvious where your specialized expertise lies.
A few years ago one took up residence for some time in a small tree near the west end of Francis. I have not seen one around this fall. Maybe I need a trip to Steveston.

Hugh said...

I know many boat bits. There's the bow, the stern, the starboard, the otherboard, the rudder, which is atached to the tiller, which is controlled by the tillerer.

There's also the f'oc''s'cl'e. I don't know exactly what it is, and I may have forgotten an apostrophe somewhere.

Urban Wild said...

WOW--that's a good-sized one, too!