This is the White Throated Kingfisher which is one of the three families of Kingfishers found in India. This bird was very visible in Gujarat where Alhmedabad is located. They live near water, perch on tree limbs from which they hunt the fish and aquatic insects.
dives in a flash towards its prey. . .
and rises triumphantly to return to its perch to devour the fish by swallowing it head first. This act of hunting can happen so quickly that all that is visible is a flying blue flash and a splash.
Kingfisher number two is this airline which until 2012 was the second busiest in the country. There was a financial crisis and a month long strike by the airline employees. They were very upset and pointed fingers at Vijay Mallya, the owner, and his extravagant lifestyle. He did slipped right off the Forbes’ Billionaire list , poor guy! It is the travelers who suffer in not having Kingfisher as a choice with competitive pricing.
Kingfisher number three is an Indian beer. When the English were in India, they introduced beer to India, opened the first brewery, and today Kingfisher is available in 52 countries. And it is the # 1 beer in the country.
If you remember, the elegant peacock is the national bird, but there is no peacock beer or peacock airlines. Could it be that the Kingfisher had the last laugh?
Namaste. . . . .T I I I