SACRED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus sanctus)

From the archives……..19th May, 2013.

One of the advantages of bird photography in the Great Aviary at Melbourne Zoo is the ability to use the waist-high guard rail of the boardwalk as a tripod.  I could never have got sharp focus of this Kingfisher with a hand-held shot using the heavy Sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens otherwise.  On this particular occasion, the disadvantage is getting the cage wire in the background of the image.

The Sacred Kingfisher always chose this sunny spot to warm up (on a cold day), whereas some of my Zoo images show no cage wire at all.  This beautiful bird is found all over Australia except for the arid centre of the country.

Sacred Kingfisher

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7 Comments on “SACRED KINGFISHER (Todiramphus sanctus)

  1. I was very lucky last year when one stopped by in our garden in Ballarat for about ten days and then went on his way. Very pretty but so much smaller than a kookaburra.

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  2. I love the rattling call of our kingfishers, and their erratic flight patterns, but when it comes to appearance? They’re far more plain, and couldn’t hold a candle to these beauties!

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