Wandering Kingfisher Wondering ~ with audio

 

Wandering Kingfisher Wondering

How long have I been sitting on this branch?
Did I just get here, or am I about to leave?
You know, I don’t particularly mind the flight across the river.
Of course, I’m no starling. I know I can look languid,
rising and falling in flight as I dart along.
After all, there is a view to be admired.
And fish to spy out. There’s one now!

No problem, I’ll get the next one,
but that water sure was refreshing.

Wait, what’s that noise? There, upriver.
It’s that guy in the boat, again.
The one who splashes water on both sides.
What’s with him? Can’t he afford a motor?
It takes him forever to get anywhere.
He’s not just slow. He’s always stopping
to hold that think up to his eye.
But wait, he sees me. Time to dart to the other side.
Oh man, now he’s splashing again.
He’s coming over here now, isn’t he?
You know, he moves a lot faster when that thing is in his lap.
At least he can see where he’s going.
Well, I’m not going to hang around and wait for him.
It’s time to dart downstream. I’ve got fish to catch.

He’s still following me! This is going to be one long morning.

The prompt for NaPoWriMo.netDay 17 is to write a poem
that presents a scene from an unusual point of view.”

Images from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Male Belted Kingfisher (top) – © S. K. Jones/Macaulay Library
Female Belted Kingfisher (with fish) – © William Higgins/Macaulay Library
Kingfisher audio from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

40 thoughts on “Wandering Kingfisher Wondering ~ with audio

  1. This was so enjoyable, and yes that’s one very smart kingfisher! I’ve never seen one like that before, with the tufted crest – the ones we have here, they’re electric blue, stumpy bodies, but absolutely beautiful when they streak off into the air. I really enjoyed the reading!

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  2. Fantastic all around – the poem, the images, and especially the reading. You bring the darting and wondering to life. Great addition of sound effects, too.
    You could create a series of these … your owlets in the tree, for example …
    I would love to see more like this!

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