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I have seen a blue flash of a supersonic Kingfisher only a few times on our river, but today, one has decided to retire from fishing and go farming. I found him as the proverbial monty python parrot quite prone in my tractor.
How on earth (sky) did he get there

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Poor thing. They are truly such beautiful birds.

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Polarengineer wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:12 pm
I have seen a blue flash of a supersonic Kingfisher only a few times on our river, but today, one has decided to retire from fishing and go farming. I found him as the proverbial monty python parrot quite prone in my tractor.
Gosh .. is the poor thing OK .. or has he/she given up the ghost ?
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RIP Martin :(

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Poor little thing, so beautiful.

I’ve never seen one close up but that flash we see when they streak down into the water is captivating.

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I had never seen a heron before coming to France especially one in flight, bear in mind that with flying objects against the sky its often difficult to establish a scale for their size and that at the time I was still suffering nightmares and the occasional hallucination from Malaria...................................

When I saw a heron flying across the Somme canal I thought it was something off of Jurassic Park :o

It took me back to the time in Oceania while speeding along in a RIB to a dive site I saw a flying fish that was scudding along on its tail on top of the water in a completely upright position with wings blurring away and it looked like a cartoon angel, I was about to shout out for the others too look and then decided it was a hallucination, it was many years later that I finally found the name of this rare flying fish and saw a video of it and it was exactly as I remembered.

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Le Démerdeur wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:37 pm
I had never seen a heron before coming to France especially one in flight, bear in mind that with flying objects against the sky its often difficult to establish a scale for their size and that at the time I was still suffering nightmares and the occasional hallucination from Malaria...................................

When I saw a heron flying across the Somme canal I thought it was something off of Jurassic Park :o

It took me back to the time in Oceania while speeding along in a RIB to a dive site I saw a flying fish that was scudding along on its tail on top of the water in a completely upright position with wings blurring away and it looked like a cartoon angel, I was about to shout out for the others too look and then decided it was a hallucination, it was many years later that I finally found the name of this rare flying fish and saw a video of it and it was exactly as I remembered.
Having lived. Some time in NL the grey Heron (blauwe reiger) was regularly seen and this one I snapped in the centre of Amsterdam awaiting a snack of chicken and chips from the tourists

The flying fish were not rare when I was at sea and I would regularly see schools\flocks flying while I was off watch and standing on the bow. One time I was out in the lifeboat having a jolly when I was hit by a flying fish as several landed in the boat. I disected one to see which muscles were developed to allow them to fly, but could not see how. I did notice they had a very square cross section of body as opposed to other fish.
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