Forest Kingfisher

We were breakfasting on the veranda when Jono spotted a "pretty bird". I managed to get back in side and grab the camera to take this shot.

I thought it was a Sacred Kingfisher (todiramphus sanctus) but it seems to actually be a Forest Kingfisher (todiramphus macleayii).

Update: This photo made it to Explore for the 6th of October :)

View all photos taken: Saturday, 7th October 2006, This photo: 10:48am

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Comments

  • Clearskies Images said:
    Beautiful!
  • Barbara J H said:
    I am so envious, I find Kingfishers one of the hardest birds, of which to get a decent photo.
    P.S. I think it is a Forest Kingfisher.
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    Wonderful shot, such a beautiful bird. It does look slightly more like a Forest Kingfisher

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  • looby88 said:
    its gorgeous !, I shall be back to comment some more, am out for much of today, have a great day yourself !
  • jacquie pics said:
    wonderful shot don't see many of these guys hanging around
  • .steve.t said:
    superb
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, beautiful bird on the wire shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone :)

    I thought it might be a Forest Kingfisher too, but I looked in my Qld Museum, "Wildlife of Greater Brisbane" book, it doesn't have such a bird, but it does have the Sacred Kingfisher with a description of:

    "Length 20cm. Head greenish-blue; wings turquoise; throat off-white; underbody buff."

    At this range it wasn't easy to tell, and I have no definitive definition of a Forest Kingfisher handy. Glad to change the name if it matches.
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh Barbara, I took 5 shots, three before he flew off, of which one was a dud, and two more at greater range which were both awful.

    And another thankyou to Alexandra for the invite :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Having a peek around flickr, it would seem this probably is a Forest Kingfisher, as the Sacred Kingfisher tends to have a less white belly.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Love it ! A beautiful bird and lovely shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks David :)

    I was quite surprised to see him actually. I'd only seen the little kingfishers near the creek down the road, but this guy was on the phone line coming in to the house.