K is for Kingfisher
The kingfisher’s feather pigments are actually brown… the colours of blue, red and green are really iridescence, caused between different wavelengths of light interfering with each other. This is why it never looks the same colour from moment to moment, and why its feathers shine.
Kingfishers are our brightest birds in the UK, and are found along rivers and by still or slow-moving water such as lakes and canals.
They fish by perching on stumps and branches and watching the water, before plunging into and emerging from it with a fish.
The most likely sighting of a kingfisher is a blue flash as it streaks past or away from you!
Beautiful kingfisher photo as attributed above, available on Flikr by CC license.
Poem © Liz Brownlee
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