common kingfisher

You meet your end at the tip of a spear. 

It’s a common yet unpredictable occurrence. One day the sky simply shatters over you and a wedge’s burst through your chest. A flash of orange and blue, a ripple, a sizzle of ruptured space and it’s gone, taking you along.

It’s a quick yet brutal death, utterly without fanfare or closure. You are gone, never to be seen again, but it will be back for many more victims. It could strike tomorrow, or it could strike within the minute. It is impossible to say who it will take or when, only that it will, inevitably, take.

Countless members of your family have been lost to it, and although you can no longer remember the min they were the fear left in the wake of their disapearances will never leave you. It’ll do you no good to watch the sky, it makes its home beyond the edge of perception. It’s body moves to fast to parse, but even if you saw it still you would find it difficult to comprehend. It’s anatomy is designed to move slickly through a state of matter that no one has ever seen and lived to tell of. It makes itself known only as the color of death, glittering and vibrant, as it pierces the surface of the world on its hunts.


カワセミ 2017.03.15


Literally translated animal names in german
  • Stinktier: literally means stink animal, translates to skunk
  • Faultier: literally means lazy animal, translates to sloth
  • Gürteltier: literally means belt animal, translates to armadillo
  • Schuppentier: literally means scale animal, translates to pangolin
  • Fingertier: literally means finger animal, translates to aye-aye
  • Trampeltier: literally means bumpkin animal, translates to bactrian camel
  • Maultier: literally means mouth animal, translates to mule
  • Schnabeltier: literally means beak animal, translates to platypus
  • Waschbär: literally means wash bear, translates to racoon
  • Nasenbär: literally means nose bear, translates to coatie
  • Wickelbär: literally means wrap bear, translates to kinkajou
  • Stachelschwein: literally means spike pig, translates to porcupine
    Meerschweinchen: literally means sea or ocean piglet, translates to guinea pig
  • Flusspferd: literally means river horse, translates to hippo
  • Nashorn: literally means nose horn, translates to rhino
  • Steinbock: literally means stone ram, translates to ibex
  • Fledermaus: literally means flighty mouse, translates to bat
  • Erdmännchen: literally means earth male, translates to meerkat
  • Papageientaucher: literally means parrot diver, translates to puffin
  • Eisvogel: literally means ice bird, translates to common kingfisher
  • Schildkröte: literally means shield toad, translates to turtle and tortoise
  • Brückenechse: literally means bridge lizard, translates to tuatara
  • Quastenflosser: literally means tassel fin, translates to coelacanth
  • Stör: literally means disturb, translates to sturgeon
  • Gottesanbeterin: literally means god worshiper, translates to praying mantis
  • Maikäfer: literally mean may bug, translates to cockchafer
  • Nacktschnecke: literally means nude snail, translates to slug
  • Vogelspinne: literally means bird spider, translates to tarantula

Kingfishers are impressive little birds, and there’s so many of them. I picked five to draw. Yep, Laughing Kookaburras are in this family! I think Crested ones are my new favorites, they’re so beautiful! I love the way their crests part in the middle and their black, white, and grey feather patterns. I also saw a Belted Kingfisher near my house, it was amazing. I had no idea they were around here.