Regular readers of this blog, and those with an eye for the name, will know that I am rather fond of our own Kingfishers. So it may come as no surprise that one of the birds I chose to resurrect for the Ghosts of Gone Birds live art studio was an extinct kingfisher from another part of the world - the Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher.
Once inhabiting the rainforests of Java, Indonesia, this Kingfisher seems to have disappeared with the trees. The deforestation of Java has taken place at a frightening rate, and although not officially extinct, the Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher has not been seen since the 1950s.
Such a beautiful bird; this was one of my favourites to stitch.