A little surprised that this was my first Sacred Kingfisher observation for the season. I’m sure there are individuals about … just avoiding me until last weekend.
Visiting a favourite spot at Yandoit the calls were immediately heard as I stepped out of the car. It took a little while to locate the bird, high up on an exposed perch, uttering a series of territorial calls.
After a short while its partner, presumably the female, arrived and both birds began inspecting a suite of hollows in a large, dead stump. You can see the ‘options’ available in the fourth image below. In my experience these early forays are largely expeditionary … the ultimate nesting site may well be in a different spot altogether.