Ancient Chinese fable – The Kingfisher





The Kingfisher

The kingfisher is a timid bird. It always builds its nest high up in the tree as a protection against danger. When the fledglings hatch, it is so apprehensive for fear they should fall that it builds the nest lower down. When their feathers begin to appear, it becomes even more apprehensive and builds the nest still lower, so low that anybody can now catch them.

Tan Gai

(杨宪益、戴乃迭 译)

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