Artist: Geeta Balasubramanian
Medium: Pencil on acid free paper
Size: 10 x 8 inches
Year: June 2014
The Common Kingfisher is widely distributed across Eurasia and North Africa. They are important members of ecosystems and good indicators of freshwater community health. The highest densities of breeding birds are found in habitats with clear water, which permits optimal prey visibility, and trees or shrubs on the banks. These habitats have also the highest quality of water, so the presence of this bird confirms the standard of the water. It is a delight to watch these little beauties swoop down from a tree and catch fish, their primary prey!