Melbourne sacred kingfisher

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Subject: Melbourne sacred kingfisher
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 10:26:43 +1000
On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:05 AM Bill Stent wrote:

My first sacred kingfisher of the season seen (and heard) at the
Chandler Highway bridge over the Yarra in Fairfield.  If only I could
see an azure, haven't seen one for about two years...

My wife saw and photographed what must surely be an azure sitting on my clothesline in Altona a few months ago. It disappeared before I got home, but must have moved to the roof. When I went out I just saw a bright blue (or purple?) flash as it swooped to the ground then up over the fence.

Is that unusual? My house backs onto vacant land that backs onto the wetlands. These birds live in burrows in the river banks don't they, so it would have a long way to come to get to my house. Not sure what it was doing there, but we do get little frogs in the back yard.

Peter Shute

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