expected surprise:                    splash                    and a kingfisher’s cry

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Summer’s dense foliage makes it tough to spot a kingfisher
as it rattles along the Little Crum corridor sounding the creek loudly for prey.

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But the constant call of a female, tracing low flights over the water,
recently made like a beacon through the bare limbs of a bright January day.

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There is no mistaking the call and tufted crest of a Belted Kingfisher angling

over Little Crum Creek in the morning sun.