The Kingfisher Gets the Last Laugh

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A few years ago, my family and I were enjoying lamb chops for a lunch at a nature reserve in Singapore. As we started to eat, we noticed a kingfisher watching us from a tree. He flew down to the ground nearby, waiting for us to leave.

We threw the bird a piece of meat that he eagerly grabbed and flew off to eat. Five minutes later, he was back – this time with a mate. We fed them more scraps, and soon there were eight kingfishers waiting for a handout.

The birds sat in the tree, and as soon as we threw food, they would swoop down, grab it, and fly off. I wondered what they would do if I threw something else.

Taking one of the large bones, I tossed it to the ground. Sure enough, down swoop a kingfisher. It took off with a bone to a nearby tree. I chuckled as he tried to hit the bone against the branch. I went back to my meal, but few seconds after there was a faint whistle as something whizzed past my head, followed by a thud as it hit the ground. Looking around, there was the bone. In the tree sat the same kingfisher giving a cheeky look.

You tried to get back at me, didn’t you? I thought. Amused by its antics, I tossed him one of my best pieces of meat as a reward.

(photo courtesy of Gaflevanwyk/Dreamstime.com)

Andy Lim About Andy Lim

Oh, hello! I'm Andy Lim, 30-ish years old, a professional programmer living in Singapore. Interests include photography, history, film, reading, writing, music, erm.. almost everything else really. Notice: I can still be occasionally spotted on a tree.

Andy Lim About Andy Lim

Oh, hello! I'm Andy Lim, 30-ish years old, a professional programmer living in Singapore. Interests include photography, history, film, reading, writing, music, erm.. almost everything else really. Notice: I can still be occasionally spotted on a tree.

  • Zinga

    When kingfisher fights back ! ! !

  • Anon

    They’re that choosy huh?

  • MariCone

    Glad that kingfisher didn’t pick up the knife!

  • ASMs

    You were warned that time.

  • Call Me Hecky

    They’re actually super smart!

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