Home again – and an unexpected visitor

We are home again after 24 days on the road in South Australia, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. I will continue posting articles and photos of my birding experiences over the coming weeks.

Sacred Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

This morning we had an unexpected visitor to our garden, a beautiful Sacred Kingfisher. While we see this species around Murray Bridge from time to time, it is an infrequent visitor to our garden. When I checked my database records I found out that the last visit was as long ago as 2000, but I have a feeling we have seen it more recently. My records are not quite up to date. A few minutes later I heard a Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo calling, but it had gone before I could get out there to see it. We heard this species calling in many places on our recent holiday, along with several other cuckoo species.


3 Responses to “Home again – and an unexpected visitor”

  1. Snail says:

    What a splendid welcoming committee!

  2. Gordon Zigenbine says:

    I have a Kingfisher nesting just over my back fence on Bulimba Creek in Brisbane. A mud hump in the fork of a tree and this year the entrance hole has been opened facing the house. I am a no knowledge bird watcher and would love any info on how to discern between female and male and any other breeding info anyone can provide. Thankyou

  3. Trevor says:

    Hi there Gordon,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    I am assuming you are talking about the Sacred Kingfisher as shown in the photo.

    Male: crown dark blue-green, mask black, wings and tail peacock blue, back green, collar and underparts buff-white.

    Female: greener above, collar and underparts whiter.

    Habitat: open forests and woodlands, margins of rivers, lakes and swamps, mangroves, parks and gardens.

    Breeding season: September to March

    Eggs: 3-4 white rounded on debris in a tree hollow, termite nest or tunnel in a bank.

    Can I suggest you access the internet for more information or visit your local library and check out a bird field guide.

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