Kingfisher photo

It's there

After years of trying I finally managed to get a photo of a kingfisher along the Mariko River near to my house.

These birds do not sit for long in the same place. By the way, did you know that a kingfisher can only move by flying, it cannot walk!

Owl, night hunter

Owl, Scotland

There is only one bird of prey that hunts at night: the owl.

They eat mostly small mammals, insects and other birds, and some eat fish. Even though they have very good eyesight they are far-sighted and cannot easily see things which are just a few centimetres away.

Northern Hemisphere Penguin

Penguins live in and around the Antarctic in the southern hemisphere, and polar bears live around the Arctic in the northern hemisphere, so they never meet in the wild.

But there is one kind of penguin that lives north of the equator in the northern hemisphere.

Galapagos penguin
Galapagos penguin

The equator runs through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and some of the islands in this mysterious chain are in the northern hemisphere, and are home to the Galapagos Penguins.

As far as we know there is no Galapagos Polar Bear, so this doesn’t alter the fact that wild penguins and polar bears never meet.

Bearded vulture

A rare photo of a bearded vulture on land
A rare photo of a bearded vulture on land

This bird is sometimes known as the bearded eagle, or the lammergeier, but is usually referred to as the bearded vulture. It has a wingspan of about 3 metres and is found high in the skies around the world.

Kingfisher 2

About a year ago I saw a kingfisher at the Mariko River and I tried to take a photo but it flew away just as I clicked. So I posted this wonderful photo of a kingfisher from the net.

Today I saw another kingfisher (or was it the same one?) and I was again unsuccessful in taking a photo. So here is another photo of my favourite bird. BTW do you know that kingfishers cannot walk?

The official Shizuoka City bird
The official Shizuoka City bird