Cicada for morning tea

On recent visits to a regular Sacred Kingfisher nesting site I’d failed to detect any clear signs of breeding. Like many nesting birds, kingfishers are quite secretive during the incubation phase. This morning however, I could hear the tell-tale calls of begging young in the nest tunnel, and it wasn’t long before both adults arrived with meals. One of the parents had cleverly captured a large Psaltoda cicada – it proved quite a handful and the adult kingfisher made a number of rapid visits before successfully delivering morning tea!

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Sacred Kingfisher with cicada, Loddon River @ Newstead, 29th December 2014.

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3 responses to “Cicada for morning tea

  1. Great to see breeding SK. Dry conditions near Stawell have the usual breeding site not being used.

  2. Great shot with back lighting of cicada

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