Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Carpe Diem #225, Kawasemi (Kingfisher)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Are you all in for a new nice Carpe Diem episode? Well I am (smiles). Today we share haiku on Kawasemi (Kingfisher).
In my opinion it's one the most colorful waterbirds. For sure here in The Netherlands. This little Kingfisher is a wonderful fisherman and fast as the wind. I think this wonderful bird can inspire you all to write nice haiku.

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species being found in the Old World and Australasia. The group is treated either as a single family, Alcedinidae, or as a suborder Alcedines containing three families, Alcedinidae (river kingfishers), Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), and Cerylidae (water kingfishers). There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with little differences between the sexes. Most species are tropical in distribution, and a slight majority are found only in forests. They consume a wide range of prey as well as fish, usually caught by swooping down from a perch. Like other members of their order they nest in cavities, usually tunnels dug into the natural or artificial banks in the ground. A few species, principally insular forms, are threatened with extinction.

Credits: Kingfisher

Wow! What a wonderful bird, really a King.

colorful reflection
throws shadows on the brook -
Kingfisher attacks

Kingfisher attacks
silver comes to live in the brook -
circles in water

Nice set I think ... hope you like this post and I hope it inspires you all to write nice haiku. This prompt will stay on 'til June 20th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next classical kigo for Summer, Hototogisu (Little Cuckoo), later on today around 8:00 PM (CET). !! The Linking Widget for Kingfisher open at 8.00 PM (CET) !!



  1. My heart sank when I saw that the newest prompt was "kingfisher." How could a desert dweller write a haiku about a bird that lives near water? Well, I managed! Thanks for these daily challenges, Kristjaan!

  2. Wonderful depiction of the drama!

  3. This was an awesome prompt, Kristjaan. I didn't know much about these birds, but your description of them got me off to a great start.