The Kingfisher or "Ice Bird" as the Dutch call them, Ijsvogel, has many #myths and #legends about them. Although they do not directly appeared, named in the Bible, they are in many other cultures highly praised.
In the Netherlands, for instance, the Ice bird or kingfisher is seen as - "In the Dutch culture we find the kingfisher as a symbol of the perseverance and confidence in a good outcome despite adversity.”
and - even the Dutch royal family admires this small but amazing bird, "The colors of the feathers of the kingfisher, orange, white and blue, are also those principality of Orange and Nassau County."
Source - https://nl.wikipedia.org/wi...
It is said that the Dutch call it an Ice Bird for it hunts in the winter, for fish, through ice-holes or open areas in the ice. Keep in mind, the kingfisher appears to live exclusively on live fish.
Pictures from this video from:http://pijnacker01.nl/
The legends stem back to early, long-ago ancient days -
"The classic name of the European kingfisher was the halcyon, named after the Greek Dove-goddess Alcyone, leader of the Pleaides or Seven Sisters. The ancients believed Alcyone stilled the waters near mid-winter, so that the Kingfisher could build her nest in open sea. The Halcyon Days are celebrated for seven days before and seven after Yule.”
Source - http://www.philomuse.com/js...
It is even said that Noah used the kingfisher before the dove to find land… although I cannot find a valid source for this -
In general, it is a peaceful, good sign, being in company with a kingfisher.
In this video I include HD footage I captured myself of this beautiful and rare bird, hunting for fish. #Fishing. Ice Fisher! Even got a photo of him with a small fish. He hunts well, even through the ice!
#Kingfisher #icebird #ijsvogel