A male Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), photographed yesterday. Isn’t he beautiful! 🙂 I don’t have a long zoom lens; the first picture has been cropped (he has a small fish in his beak), the second one not (you have to look for the bird in that one).
About the scientific name: Alcedo is Latin and means “kingfisher” and Atthis was the consort of Cybele in Greek mythology. Atthis was also a Phrygian god of vegetation and represented the fruits of the earth, which die in winter only to rise again in the spring.
Oh, happiness! 🙂 I finally found one! This Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) was seen in the Amsterdamse Bos. I struggled with my new camera, wasn’t able to get a good shot, but at least I got one. Isn’t he gorgeous?