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The Fisher-King by Roger Cox
If you’ve ever walked alongside a quiet slow-flowing river and were suddenly surprised by a bolt out the blue that indeed was blue, then no doubt you’ve experienced a typical sighting of a kingfisher. With hummingbird-like speed, a dashing flash of electric-blue is all many of us see of them - unless you’re fortunate enough to discover one of their perching-places, and prepared to hide-out and wait.
To see one diving from a branch; plunging head-first to merge with a splash of water, only to surface with a fish in its bill is riveting. They need to eat 60% of their body-weight a day, a requisite that has driven them to be solitary, fiercely competitive and aggressively territorial. Hence for these colourful freshwater "gannets", prime perches equate to prize catches and where territories overlap, places in which to meet their quota of at least eight fish a day are not only eagerly sought, but all the more guarded, if not hotly contested.
With so much of their survival (literally) stemming from a branch suitably overhanging water, disputes with neighbours can be as "playful" as a game of king-of-the-hill, or as savage as a game of thrones! Battles royal between them can even go as far as to see a rival seizing their opponent by the beak and attempting to drown them in water; with the victor emerging to that crowning moment by taking their place on the perch, as a king of fishers indeed.