A royal bird: Kingfisher

The national bird of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is the blacktailed godwit. I’ve always regretted the outcome of this election. The blacktailed godwit is not all year round in the Netherlands, but hibernates in Western Africa, Portugal and Spain. The kingfisher on the other hand stays all year round in the Netherlands. But, more important, the kingfisher was the favourite bird of William, prince of Orange, the founder of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For that reason he should be our national bird!

The picture of this male kingfisher has been made after 3 (three!) hours waiting (standing, not sitting) for his return to the breeding facilities.