Friday, 17 February 2017
A Kingfisher Comes
I've lived in this house by the lake ten years and I've seen the kingfisher who lives here with us twice. Once, in a flash of blink-and-you'll-miss-me electric blue flying fast and low across the water about eight years ago, and once for a handful of seconds perching beside our Robin on the garden fence three summer's back.
This morning, as I was getting ready for the Physio I became aware of an unusual, out-of-place colour and shape in one of the trees by the lake. I grabbed the bins, already knowing what it was and drank in the sight of her. She sat there for half an hour, preening, looking at the water, occasionally turning her beak to stare at me. I was utterly spell-bound and very nearly late for the appointment. You can tell this is a female because of the orangey red lower bill (the boys' beaks are all black). Kingfishers can live for up to twelve years and they pair off in Feb/March, laying eggs in April so hopefully there will be a Mr KF around somewhere nearby. Their numbers and ranges were dropping thanks to water pollution, but since the 1980s they've recovered a little. They take insects including dragonfly larvae as well as small fish so I'm wondering whether we may see them in the garden up by the goldfish and wildlife ponds at some point. Magic, isn't she? And ever-so-slightly woodpecker-like - or is that just me?
After a slightly gloomy-in-the-not-running-department week, seeing her cheered me up no end, a feeling enhanced by my Physio Steve, who declared himself pleased with knee progress and wants me to try a small, sensible, slow Parkrun tomorrow with the patella braces I've got for tendonitis on. The difference they make is amazing. If running is very painful tomorrow then I'm off games for a fortnight, but still in with a chance of doing the Cub. We just have to wait and see. After acupuncture and ultrasound today it's feeling pretty good and I'm walking without any pain at all. Here's to the power of a good Physio and plenty of positive thinking.
Hope you're all well? The sun is shining here and it's Half Term as of four o'clock. We are definitely ready for it.