Marshscape Collage – the view from the studio window at high tide

Yesterday I saw a kingfisher. I was sitting outside the studio, looking at the ebbing tide with a cup of coffee. Taking a moment just to be.

Suddenly, driving fast and low above the surface of the draining water, a flash of iridescent blue. My eyes lock onto the speeding blur it as it passes directly in front of me and, as if they are joined to it by strings, they follow the wink of coloured light as it races fast and away to the right until out of sight. 

5 seconds of wonder and excitement. 

I strain to see it again. Hoping it will turn and come back. But the miraculous bird has gone, and I am left with a feeling that something special has happened.

How, I ask myself, can I capture that brief sense of movement, absorption and marvel in a piece of work?

5 thoughts on “Kingfisher

  1. Gill

    How wonderful Debbie & you write about it so poetically. I saw a red kite whilst driving through the Norfolk countryside yesterday. It was so close, swooping & gliding with its fanned tail and it left me with a feeling of privilege & wonder.

    1. debbielyddon Post author

      Hi Gill, Yes it is a privilege to see these birds. Red kites are becoming more common round here, but their majesty is still a sight to behold…. a kingfisher is quite rare , especially over the sea.

  2. adymatthews2013

    Hi Debbie

    Here in NZ we see Kingfishers as truly magical birds. We have our own native one.  I have only seen a handful in the last few years but am always very excited when I do.  I have attached a not very good photo of the last one I saw.  In our native Maori language they are kōtare: /Ka mea atu a Mahuru ki a Teoteo, “He aha te manu pai hei tohu mā tāua.” Ka kÄ« mai a Teoteo, “He*kōtare*(HKW 1/4/1899:3).”// Mahuru (September) said to Teoteo (little shag), “What’s a good bird as a symbol for us.” Teoteo said, “A kingfisher.” I have also sent you a picture of our native woodpigeon – Kereru. They are big lumbering birds that you hear in the bush before you see them, at this time of the year fat on berries from our native trees.

    Kind Regards Adrienne

  3. Joan Sortwell

    Hi Debbie, I realise the magic of seeing a Kingfisher. if I walk into Southwold I always stop on Mights Bridge in the hope of seeing one. After living here nearly two years, there was one noisily flying up the river and perching on some reeds. Magic – I just had to smile. Worth the wait


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