I was amazed to see one on Stradbroke Island Qld in August 1997, an inland
bird beyond the east coast.
From: Bill Jolly <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Date: Saturday, 5 February 2000 20:24
Subject: Red-backed Kingfisher
>A Red-backed Kingfisher has been at a neighbour's place for a couple of
>days. Jack Lund phoned me this-afternoon, when he finally got a good look
>it, and we popped around straightaway.
>What a beauty! So very pale above the eye, that the black eyestripe stood
>out dramatically. But no less dramatic than the fiery red rump, and
>not at all likely to be confused with the immature Sacreds that abound here
>Red-backed Kingfishers turn up in the Lockyer Valley from time to time, but
>we've never had one on the property at Abberton - not that we've seen here
>anyway! We've had them a kilometre or so to the west, and now a kilometre
>so to the east - and Michael Atzeni has seen one on the wires immediately
>outside our gate! Surely, our day must come!
>But irrespective of whether the bird was on our home patch or not, he was a
>very fine example of an inland kingfisher who has wandered out of the arid
>zone for the pickings in the greenness of our valley.
>Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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