Azure Kingfishers

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Subject: Azure Kingfishers
From: N & J Russill <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 14:31:45 +1000
At Currawong Flat Royal National Park (south of Sydney) on 1st. June we
witnessed some interesting behaviour by two Azure Kingfishers.
They were both on the ground, a grassy bank beside the Hacking River.
Standing close to and facing each other.  They were bowing to each other,
then flicking their wings occasionally.  This behaviour continued for at
least 5 minutes.  Then they flew around each other in tight small circles
just above the water surface, close to the bank.   Water splashed up as they
lightly touched the water surface.  They landed on a small half submerged
log and then facing each other again, they continued bowing to each other.
This continued for another few minutes and then they flew again in tight
small circles over the log once again touching the water.  This action was
repeated several times before each flew up and landed in separate trees
nearby before flying off in different directions.
Has anyone witnessed this behaviour?.  It seemed different to the chasing
flight of territorial behaviour, however, there are quite a few Azure
Kingfishers along the river at present.  This isn't usually their
courting/nesting period although the drought may have had some effect,
although the river level is fine.  We would be interested to hear any
pertinent comments.  Judi & Neil Russill

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