Recently, I discovered the meditative nature of wildlife photography, which was triggered by a random encounter with a kingfisher in Laufenburg's part of Auenschutzpark Aargau. Scouting for a particular bird, looking for signs of its presence and setting up a hide and being patient has been a pandemic-conform activity. Laufenburg is blessed with two kingfisher areas, one up- and one down-stream of the old town. They are very shy and hard to spot, so quite a few by-passers where surprised to learn that there are kingfishers in this part of the Rhine when asking what I was doing in my collapsible hide. The fleeting nature of encounters with a special bird like the kingfisher has been the driver of the work of Durch artist Hans Waanders and is covered in the excellent book Brilliant Absence by Ross Hair.