Above, you see some of the oldest fishing tackle on the planet wrapped around a power line.
In this middle picture, a collection of more modern fishing tackle ... also wrapped around the powerline by illiterate and incompetent casters who (A) ignored the "No Fishing From Bridge" signs and (B) really haven't mastered the casting art.
And, in our final picture, old meets new.
No harm done this time, but snags like this are a hazard for birds like the kingfisher. The problem with this situation is that wire is a juiced powerline, so cleaning up the tangle poses a challenge.
The kingfisher flew away unharmed, I promise. It only looks like he has grabbed the line.
Kingfishers are notoriously hard to photograph (or is it just me?) so I was glad to get even these grainy cropped shots of one on a powerline.Just one of those neat photoserendipitic moments that caused me to be there when he sat at the vertex of that tangle angle.