Asian Dwarf Kingfisher (Draw a Bird Day)

dwarf kingfisher blk s

tiny wings perch, still–
suddenly swoop downward, flash
trail of jeweled light

tiny wings
sudden swoop trails flash
jeweled light

wings flash

It’s the 8th of the month again!  Draw a Bird Day, and Poet’s Choice for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday.  This month I’ve taken my haiku and reduced it twice.  This is a good exercise for any poem I find.

dwarf kingfisher wht 2s

I chose to draw the Asian Dwarf Kingfisher this month because of its colors.  It’s a tiny bird–5″–one of 114 species of kingfishers.  I did not realize this species was so large and varied.  All nest in burrows and hunt by swooping down from a perched position.  Many hunt fish–that was my impression of them–but may also, like the dwarf kingfisher, eat insects, earthworms, and small amphibians.

Dwarf kingfishers, like many birds, are under threat of extinction due to loss of habitat.  Their main predators are foxes, raccoons, and snakes.

dwarf kingfisher wht 1s

Nina gave me the set of brush markers that I used experimentally in doing the last 2 drawings (the one on black was done in colored pencil).  I am still trying to convince her to start posting again.  She’s been doing some painting…maybe by next Draw a Bird Day.  In the meantime, you can find me most of the time at

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46 responses to “Asian Dwarf Kingfisher (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. V.J. Knutson says :

    Love the artwork and the poem!

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Marta loved your creative work and what a beautiful bird. Sad they too are dying. So many birds have become extinct. Lovely and apt poem.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    Beautiful bird, drawing, and poem-“-trail of jeweled light.”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Vashti Q says :

    Gorgeous bird and your artwork does it justice. I’m so sad that they’re going extinct. A lovely and lively poem! 😀 xo

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  5. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Stunning colour pencil drawing, Kerfe! And I like the effects of adding water to your second drawing! And your poem is wonderful! The double reduction works beautifully. And glad to hear that Nina has been painting. 😊

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  6. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Beautiful, Kerfe!

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  7. weisserwatercolours says :

    ….such a handsome and colourful creature, K

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  8. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Wow, Kerfe, your pictures and poem are amazing. I love the colours.

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  9. Bela Johnson says :

    You might find this amusing, maybe not, but I thought you were referring to Nina posing for your bird series! 😜 That would be some woman! Terry Tempest Williams wrote a book entitled ‘When Women Were Birds.’ Perhaps that’s how mymind juxtaposed… dunno. 😎

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  10. calmkate says :

    lovely art and love your poem … you have a good heart!

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  11. Leanne says :

    I’m always so inspired when I visit your blog! I love the first image of your Asian Dwarf Kingfisher! It’s so beautiful!

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  12. jazzytower says :

    Beautifully done. A very colorful bird. I like how your drawing turned out. The poem fits.


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  13. navasolanature says :

    What dramatic and colourful art work, you capture the bird beauty so expressively with your lines in art and the poem!


  14. kiddlescarol says :

    This bird has such cheerful colors. Yes, we both did Kingfishers, and as you said, there are so many types and color variations. Yours are quite cheerful!!

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  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Colorful little beauties, Kerfe. And lovely poetry, as always. 🙂

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  16. Evelyn Flint says :

    I love your kingfishers!

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  17. rothpoetry says :

    I love the colorful kingfisher and the great poem. You are right less is often more when it comes to words in a poem! A great way to maintain focus of thought!

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  18. sàn gỗ says :

    so artic and cute

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  19. rivrvlogr says :

    Nice distillations, Kerfe.

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  20. Just Barry says :

    You’re a multi-talented artist. Lovely work. The reduction of your haiku was exquisite.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. navasolanature says :

    Stunning drawings and the poem. Really great connection between art,words and nature.

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