ONE FOR THE BIRDS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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