Breeding Kingfishers - Brisbane Suburbs 3rd Dec

Subject: Breeding Kingfishers - Brisbane Suburbs 3rd Dec
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 23:10:51 +1000
Hi all,

Had a few hours on Friday afternoon to poke around my local area and
found a pair of nesting Sacred Kinfishers.  Their hollowed out termite
nest is about 2.5m above ground and right next to the main road in the
area, so I may try and get some photos next week without disturbing
the parents.  There are obviously chicks in the nest as the parents
are feeding them, but I won't know how many til they fledge.  The
birds are breeding on a new property development (it's a miracle
there's any trees left in the area) so they probably won't be breeding
there again.  Also breeding on the block for the last time are a
family of Bush Thick-knees.  Baby has finished fledging and is almost
indistigushable from mum and dad now.  I'd say there were many near
misses from cars (including one from mine), as they were seen quite
frequently crossing the main road late at night.  Also on this block
was my first white-throated gerygone for inner Brisbane and for my
area.  A pretty good afternoon all in all, with 51 species in all
(list at end of email).

Chris - Brisbane

Australian Grebe
Little Black Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Straw-necked Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Wood Duck
Black Duck
Bush Thick-knee
Eurasian Coot
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Masked Lapwing
Town Pigeon
Crested Pigeon
Spotted Turtledove
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
King Parrot
Pale-headed Rosella
Pheasant Coucal
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Willy Wagtail
Eastern Whipbird
Red-backed Fairy-Wren
Tawny Grassbird
White-throated Gerygone
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Lewin's Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Double-barred Finch
Common Myna
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Black-backed Australian Magpie
Torresian Crow
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