birding-aus Kingfisher Nesting

Subject: birding-aus Kingfisher Nesting
From: (Syd Curtis)
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 22:33:37 +1000
Brian Fleming posted a copy of his message to John Gamblin giving lots of
good advice on nest boxes.

In case it is of interest to anyone, I mention that back in the 1960's a
friend of mine, (now long since deceased) had kingfishers nesting in his
(Brisbane) suburban back yard for a number of years.  I didn't note the
species but assume they were Sacred Kingfishers, with Forest a slight

He merely collected from somewhere in the bush a termite's nest off a tree
and tied it up in a tree in his garden.  He said the essential thing was to
put a backing board on the termite nest.  That the kingfishers always
tunnelled in until they reached solid wood.

Syd Curtis

P S,
        John, I strongly support Brian in the matter of Black Bean.  It's a
beautiful timber when polished, and being primarily a rainforest tree, new
supplies are very, very scarce. I knew an architect once who specified
Balck Bean in preference to teak for ornamental woodwork - if money was no
object where the client was concerned.

H Syd Curtis

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