ONE FOR THE BIRDS
A local lady reports a most unusual encounter. No, not late one night in one of the local taverns, although that is always a possiblity. It was early one morning when she was out walking her pair of pooches along Wharf St. She became aware of a beautiful kingfisher just sitting still on the footpath. It was an azure kingfisher in fact, beautifully coloured. It didn’t move and she figured it was in trouble. She took the dogs away a little bit and then approached the bird. It jumped on to her finger (pictured). She thought it must be in strife so she would take it home and investigate a bit further, and that’s where she went. Back at home after a while she needed to go to the toilet. The kingfisher wouldn’t budge from her finger, despite repeated encouragement. So it came along into the loo, where it’s staunch grip on her finger made things decidedly tricky, not to mention a tad embarrassing for the good lady. Who wants to be watched in there! She managed — just — to complete everything and rearrange herself, but it wasn’t easy. Back in the house, she took it outside to see what would happen. “All of a sudden it jumped down on the ground, shook itself, and then flew up and away,” she said. Of course that kingfisher has quite a story to tell too.