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We have two kingfishers in our district: this larger one and the smaller more brightly coloured Azure Kingfisher. I went with another keen bird photographer to Tang Tang Swamp (new to me) where I was happy to get some photos of this one.

Sacred Kingfisher.jpg

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I agree with JohnP  ... a  very nice catch ...  you must be pleased with that....... Are they as difficult t o spot as our kingfishers seem to be ... at least in my experience. 😂

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20 hours ago, Clicker said:

I agree with JohnP  ... a  very nice catch ...  you must be pleased with that....... Are they as difficult t o spot as our kingfishers seem to be ... at least in my experience. 😂

Thank you Polly and John. I am pretty pleased with it. I expect your kingfishers and ours are pretty similar in their size (small), abundance (not that common) and behaviour (fast): all of which makes them quite difficult to spot and photograph. The photographer I was with used an birdsong app paired with a Bluetooth speaker to bring the bird closer. This is not my usual practice and I’m not sure I’m 100 percent comfortable about it. Birdlife Australia is developing a code of ethics and I’ll be interested to see whether it takes a position on using these strategies. 

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13 hours ago, Ryewolf said:

Great capture, that beak looks very over sized

Thanks Geoff. It does look very over -sized. Their beaks are disproportionately large but I think the angle of view is also probably exaggerating it’s size. 

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