Saturday 2 June 2018

Forest kingfishers

(I aten't dead.)

Forest kingfishers (Todiramphus macleayi) are the most frequently encountered kingfisher species in my part of the world. I see them more often that I see kookaburras. There's usually a pair perching on the power lines in the morning. They're often the only spots of colour on overcast days.

Like many other Australian kingfishers, they nest in arboreal termite mounds. But given the rate of tree clearing around here, they might not have many places left to breed.

 I photographed these birds at Tinaroo Dam,