Kingfishers And Kookaburras – From Creation Moments

Genesis 1:20

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

I remember watching a kingfisher, sitting on the branch of a tree, overlooking the pool beneath one of the waterfalls in Neath Valley in the heart of Wales. Its eyes were transfixed on the movements in the pool below. It was watching and waiting, and it had incredible patience. Then, it flew, diving down into the water, and emerging with a fish in its beak, back to the branch where it had previously been perched. It proceeded to beat the fish against the branch. Then it flew off to I know not where, along with its meal!

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan's Pix

White-collared Kingfisher by Dan’s Pix

This common kingfisher was distinctive – blue upperparts and orange underparts, along with its characteristic long bill. And it was doing what we expect kingfishers to do – catch fish! But not all kingfishers live on fish. One of the largest kingfishers – the kookaburra – lives in Australia and doesn’t tend to eat fish, preferring to eat mice and small reptiles, and even the young of other birds. The most well-known feature of the kookaburra is its characteristic laughing call.

Laughing Kookabura Brevard Zoo

Laughing Kookaburra and Dan at Brevard Zoo by Lee

There are over a hundred species of kingfisher, many of which have bright plumage and are among the most beautiful birds that you will see. So how many kingfishers would God have brought to Noah to take on the Ark, considering there are so many species? The answer is just two. One pair of kingfishers, into which God had placed genetic information for a wide variety of adaptations.

Prayer: Thank You again, Lord, for the beauty of Your creation, and the wisdom and variety that You put into it. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

Ref: Encylopaedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/animal/kingfisher-bird >, accessed 1/29/2019. Image: CC BY-SA 4.0 International.

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11 thoughts on “Kingfishers And Kookaburras – From Creation Moments

  1. Thanks for the great article! I too love the Kingfishers and Kookaburras! The Belted Kingfishers are regular visitors on the pond behind my office in Georgia. (In fact, I’ve got a blog about them that will come here soon!) Once you hear and recognize a Kingfisher’s call, you always know when they are around. And the Kookaburra’s call… goes without saying! The first I heard was at the Atlanta Zoo… I thought a monkey was screaming! I’ve read that Hollywood often uses the Kookaburra’s call as a monkey sound effect in their films, much the way they incorrectly substitute Red-tailed Hawk screams as a Bald Eagle’s call.

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    • I’ll be watching for your article. We have one here by our new home. I enjoy watching him and he does have a distinct way of letting you know he is nearby.

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  2. Yes we love our kingfishers Lee they are so beautiful and stunning in the light. I am posting the Azure soon. It is interesting how timid and human shy they are except for our Kookaburra, he is quite laid back and human friendly most of the time, always looking to check our whats on the BBQ or waiting on the fence right next to you, for you to turn up a worm in the garden, and then he dives down and grabs it..

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    • You especially have prettier kingfishers than our Belted one. And your “big kingfisher” is hard to watch and not start giggling when he starts his cackle. Dan and I have both been near [within a foot or so] to the one at Brevard Zoo. They do seem quite calm.

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  3. On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 7:02 PM Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus wrote:

    > Lee posted: ” Genesis 1:20 “And God said, Let the waters bring forth > abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above > the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” I remember watching a > kingfisher, s” >

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  4. So many in way of variety. I love to meet people who appreciate God’s creation :) he created us with the capacity to love and care for his creation. What are your thoughts on the badness we see in the world? Will we ever have true peace? Where everyone shares an appreciation for God. http://www.jw.org

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    • When we get to heaven that will happen. Until then? I doubt it very seriously.
      John 1:1-2  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. John 10:30  I and My Father are one. 

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    • What a glorious day of peace it will be when we meet with our God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Until then, the creation groans. But He will make it all right one day, and this is what we are to look forward to! Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

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