Re: birding-aus Forest Kingfisher

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Forest Kingfisher
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 1999 09:08:42 +1100
> Went for an hour's walk yesterday around the lake at the La Trobe Uni
> Wetlands. While walking along the bank adjacent to the Cricket oval, i
> spotted a Common Myna perched on a dead tree branch on the swamp bank,
> but then through my binos only a foot away was a Kingfisher. I had about
> 15-20 seconds viewing, and iam reasonably sure it was a Forest
> Kingfisher, mainly blue and white. Has anyone spotted these around the
> area?, could i be mistaking it for a Sacred?, ( not enough evidence of
> Buff belly and green on wings for mine ). Please let me know!.

Hi Mark

I had reason to look twice at some kingfishers recently at Gunbower Island
(northern Victoria between Echuca and Kerang on the Murray River).  I saw
what I thought might have beeen a Forest Kingfisher there last month -
electric blue above and very white below, and with a whitish spot before the
eye.  In retrospect now (after glassing a few dozen Sacred Kingfishers) I
think it was a Sacred.  Many Sacreds are quite blue on the back rather than
greenish blue, and are sometimes quite white below.  I guess the rather buff
frontal spot could be whiter on occasions too.  The thing to look for in
Forest Kingfishers though is that they have a prominent white wing spot near
the base of the primaries - Sacreds have no pale patch there at all.
Unfortunately I didn't see my bird fly, so couldn't check that feature.
Also, Forest Kingfishers in Victoria would be way out of range - the Vic
Atlas of 1986 reports only one Victorian record.

Cheers -- Lawrie

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