Azure Kingfishers

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Subject: Azure Kingfishers
From: calyptorhynchus via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2021 04:18:08 +0000
I manage to find them this afternoon about 2.45 even though there were an enormous number of rafters and swimmers about. They were just below the road bridge on the west side. For a split second I saw three lined up on a branch, but by the time I had raised my bins there was only one!

John L

On Sun, 7 Feb 2021 at 10:39 Alison Mackerras <> wrote:
My husband and I were at Cotter yesterday afternoon and finally saw the
Azure kingfishers. We were walking downstream on the path from the
Thompsons Flat carpark.

Two were sitting together on a branch (between the concrete bridge and
weir) and the other photo is of a probable third a bit further down
stream. All locations were visible from the same spot but one of the two
birds flew a few moments before I located the 'third' bird. However, I
thought the second one had landed well short of the location of the
third one.


On 4/2/21 3:08 pm, David Rees via Canberrabirds wrote:
> Either way it would seem to indicate that there is 'pair' action going
> on there. either they are going to breed or have.  I am only adding a
> separate observation to yours, that is all
> On 4/02/2021 3:01 pm, shorty wrote:
>> Thanks David,
>> I did see the bird give the fish to another bird. My question is, was
>> the other bird an adult or juvenile?
>> Shorty
>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 1:16 PM David Rees <
>> <>> wrote:
>>     I have seen one of these Cotter birds catch and beat to death a
>>     big Yabbie then fly off with it whole. So yes it might be taking
>>     it somewhere of a mate etc.
>>     David
>>     On 2/02/2021 4:27 pm, shorty via Canberrabirds wrote:
>>>     Hi All,
>>>     Last weekend i went out to Cotter to photograph the Azure
>>>     Kingfisher. While i was doing so i watched the bird dive down to
>>>     the water and pick up a fish and fly with it upstream and i could
>>>     here calling but my sight was blocked by a tree so i walked
>>>     further upstream to investigate. Not long after the bird again
>>>     landed on the same perch as before and again dove down and caught
>>>     another fish and flew upstream and again i heard calling but this
>>>     time i got to see the bird give the fish to another bird.
>>>     I had assumed at the time it was courtship behavior but after a
>>>     suggestion and looking at my (Poor) photos i am thinking it was a
>>>     juvenile being fed.
>>>     I have made an album in my flickR with 4 photos that i will link
>>>     to. I have named one juvenile 2, and 2 photos named juvenile 1
>>>     and one named adult. The one i named adult is the bird that was
>>>     catching the fish and feeding it to the other. I have named
>>>     Juvenile 1 and 2 as i am now thinking they are different birds so
>>>     possibly 2 juvenile?
>>>     If someone with experience in this species could confirm or
>>>     reject the thoughts of a juvenile that would be greatly appreciated.
>>>     Shorty
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