Better Safe Than Sorry

An early evening walk is part of our family routine.  Once dinner is over and the dishes are done, whoever happens to be home goes on a neighborhood walk together.  This evening it was just my daughter and I taking the trek.  As we got ready to head out, I asked, “Do you think I should bring my camera?”  She said, “Well, if you bring your camera, we probably won’t see anything.  But if you don’t bring your camera, you know the Kingfisher (who has been playing hide and seek with me this summer) will be sitting at the lake.”  I figured, better safe than sorry, so I grabbed my camera and off we went.

When we reached the point in the walk where we could get a glimpse of the lake, we glanced over and there she was, sitting on her favorite perch.  I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked, but I did manage to snap a few pictures before she flew off.



You can tell she is a female because of her rusty tummy tones; the males are all blue and white.


Once Madame Kingfisher vacated the perch, an Eastern Phoebe took over the spot. It sat there for a moment and then swooped down to the water, returning with a tasty morsel to munch.



These little birds are in the flycatcher family…or in this case…perhaps we should say the damselfly-catcher family!

A lovely walk…with a lovely companion…seeing lovely birds at the lake…so thankful for the simple pleasures of life.







About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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9 Responses to Better Safe Than Sorry

  1. Beautiful, Kathy! I’m so glad you took your camera. Love the phoebe with the sticks in her mouth. 🙂 Always appreciate your work.

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful experience Kathy, so glad you took your camera. Love your shotsI have been disappointed many times when I thought not to take my camera, and now I know better, even if my ‘walking friends’ don’t like it:-)

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! So glad you took your camera! Lovely photos as always! ❤️

  4. Sounds like a lovely spot, for both you and the birds! When we lived on the water I would sometimes see kingfishers but most often it would be Black Skimmers (in summertime) — do you have those in your area as well?

  5. The kingfishers are so difficult to get photos of, they never stay still for very long! Congrats on finally catching Madame in a resting pose! ALWAYS take your camera!! 🙂

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