Easily fooled,

… that’s me, not the kingfisher.

I’ve been staking out a pair of Sacred Kingfishers in the Rise & Shine for a few weeks now.

Last season a pair nested in an exquisite hollow (image #2 below) in a Long-leaved Box and I was convinced they were using the same site again.

One of the adults arrived with a freshly caught skink and as I waited expectantly for it to disappear into the hole, it darted, much to my surprise, into a different hollow in the same tree. Both adults made a number of visits during my short vigil. I suspect the young have just hatched, based on the lack of white-wash around the hollow entrance.

King1

Sacred Kingfisher with a freshly caught skink, Rise & Shine Bushland Reserve, 20th December 2021

King2

Last season’s nesting site

King6

Arriving with a wolf spider

SK1

II

King3

III

King4

Departing with a fecal sac

King7

Not quite sharp!

6 responses to “Easily fooled,

  1. dear Geoff

    thanks for a wonderful year of birds – it brings joy to one’s heart.

    Merry Christmas

    Allan

  2. From GP to you… beautiful shots !!!

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  3. Beautiful photos thanks for the joy and best wishes for 2022

  4. Fine event captured so well as usual. Amazing to think of a whole family tucked away in that hollow

  5. Wow! Great shots, Geoff. There was a tiny white poo streak outside the hollow a couple of days ago.

  6. Out feral sac! – suspect spellcheck?
    Thanks so much for another year of wonderful photos and enlightening notes Geoff.

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