My search for a Sacred Kingfisher last evening went unrewarded.
There was, however, a nice consolation prize.
On arriving at the pile-fields south of the highway bridge on the Loddon a distinctive shape flew up from beside the stream. A Nankeen Night-heron, disturbed from an early start to an evening of hunting along the river.
Distant views were good, but a careful approach to its perch was rewarded with some excellent close-up shots. This species occurs in small numbers along the river, often roosting in small colonies amongst the River Red-gums. This one is an adult – the distinctive white plume (actually two intertwined feathers) arising from the nape is evident in some of the images below. The facial skin in this individual is pale green – it can become light blue during breeding.