The Story of the Little African Pygmy Kingfisher

This is a true story which happened at Balaba Nature Camp in The Gambia. I have written it for my grandchildren, Alyssa and Joshua, but I’m sure they won’t mind if you read it too.

Early one morning, Lamin was sitting outside his house enjoying the morning sunshine. He could hear the birds singing all around, and see them flitting in and out of the trees as they looked for food. Some birds had babies in their nests, so they needed to hunt extra hard to find enough food to feed themselves and their chicks.

All of a sudden, Lamin heard a small bang! He looked up, and was just in time to see a little bird falling to the ground not far from his feet. Slowly and carefully, Lamin got up and moved closer to the tiny creature to get a better look. The bird was sitting in the dust looking very confused and dazed – he had flown right into the mosquito shield in front of the verandah!