Advertisements
Posted by: atowhee | February 3, 2019

BIRD PHOTO CONTEST

Click here to enjoy some of the finalists in the Bird Photo of the Year contest.  Especially note the fine photo of a Common Kingfisher beaking into the water.  This blowing little blue demon is found over much of Europe and beyond.  Less than Half the size of our Belted Kingfisher but a giant compared to Malachite and other miniature kingfishers in the tropics.

SPEAKING OF KINGFISHERS…
One of the most entertaining bird books I’ve read lately is As Kingfishers Catch Fire.  Put together by a British writer and British artists the book traces some European species through literature.  Some are species we know well: collared-dove, raven, peregrine, starling.  Others are close cousins to American species like crow and kingfisher.  Then there are some European species we can envy: Nightingale,  Skylark, European Goldfinch.
Naturally most of the authors quoted herein are from the British isles: Heaney, Dylan and Edward Thomas, Hardy, Chaucer, Shelley, Wordsworth, Yeats, D.H. Lawrence.  But there are plenty of Yanks as well: T. S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, Raymond Carver, Wallace Stevens.  When its raining at night and you can’t see birds, this  book is a fine companion.  It, too, may sing to you.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: