Experienced one of those magic moments that makes birding such
a rewarding occupation.
Last week I had the opportunity to be in Cairns.
After seeing my wife off on the early flight to TI, Camilla
and I went to Cairns Centennial Lakes for a short visit before returning to
Out of the corner of my eye I glimpsed a small object dart
over the water. Focussing my glasses on a large clump of bamboo type grass I
located an adult Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla. It proved
most obliging as it remained settled for a good couple of minutes allowing me to
fully appreciate the birds plumage in the morning light.
To add to this glorious scene the bird darted out and flew
past a number of deep carmine coloured water lilies that certainly made the
event a magical moment in time.
Had to share the moment with someone so rang a friend and told
them what I had just witnessed. On returning to my car a Police Officer was
booking a Greenslopes St. speedster nearby. I thought to myself what a great
pity that so many people cannot find the time to slow down and enjoy the wonders
of our wildlife.