Halycon day at Holt - Sacred & Red-backed Kingfishers

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Subject: Halycon day at Holt - Sacred & Red-backed Kingfishers
From: John Layton <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:08:13 +0000

At 10:00 today I watched a Sacred Kingfisher fly from a grassy area of our yard to a nearby tree where it gobbled down a small prey item. During the following seven minutes it made two more successful forays before spearing off in an easterly direction.


Early this afternoon I turned into the carpark of the Pegasus Riding School and, within seconds of switching off the engine, a Red-backed Kingfisher landed on a fence 15 metres away affording me excellent views of its streaked greyish head suggestive of a brushed-back hairstyle – a pretty good diagnostic field mark. Five seconds later cars pulled in on either side of me, occupants alighted, doors slammed, bird flew away.


John Layton


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