Saturday, June 23, 2012
I have been fooled more than once by the size of a kingfisher. When I first spotted this one hovering up river, for a split second I thought it was the much larger osprey at a greater distance than a kingfisher that was closer. It is the same illusion as seeing a gnat out of the corner of your eye which is just a few inches away and thinking you are seeing a large bird way off in the distance that appears as a small dot in the sky. But, despite that, kingfishers are also larger than you might think - or at least with their very deep wing beats they appear to be quite large. I hardly ever have seen one hover like this. Most of the time they will sit on a branch along the shore and spot fish. I think, in this case, the kingfisher saw a fish and was trying to evaluate whether he could handle it. I believe it decided it was too large and moved on.