Monday, July 12, 2010

Red-backed Kingfisher catches eye

Never seen Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) in Tyto. Caught this bird out on coastal road the other day.

Seemed to be doing better grabbing a feed than the flying Black-faced Woodswallow.

Further down the road, Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) shows full spectrum of colour in taking off. And typical reluctance to fly into the frame. Flighty birds indeed.

Finally, action of a sort in Tyto: large Water Python carrying small grasshopper. Never did see snake's head, only the tail vanishing deeper into grasses at edge of lagoon.  


Anonymous said...

Red-backed Kingfisher and an action photo - fantastic shot Tony! Coastal sightings are quite rare aren't they?

Got to mention the 'wow' factor Bee-eater on the barbed wire too - well Wow says it all.

mick said...

Fantastic photo of the rainbow bee-eater with spread wings.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Barbara and Mick: Red-backeds very seldom reported around Ingham. Been back to area twice and no sign of the bird.
Thanks for wows.Just wish bird(s) hadn't quit using that section of barbed wire after I turned up.

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