The sacred Kingfisher is a common breeding summer migrant in southeastern Australia. Here we see a couple of young birds on a hot summers' day. Depending on what they are doing they can appear very differently to the viewer. Filmed at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Reserve in Canberra
The Azure kingfisher can be found along watercourses along the coast and hinterland of northern, eastern and south eastern Australia. One of two 'river' kingfishers found in Australia. Bird here was filmed from a boat along the Daintree river in North Qld.
The Blue winged Kookaburra is restricted to northern Australia and southern New Guinea. In Queensland it shares habitat with the better known Laughing Kookaburra, see vimeo.com/119413379. The call of this bird can be heard there, unlike the Laughing Kookaburra it never quite gets the laugh going! These birds live in extended family groups and declare their ownership of an area with collective singing.
In Australia the Collared Kingfisher is found around the coast of the northern half of Australia. Also known as the Mangrove Kingfisher, which is a good name given its habitat preferences. Elsewhere found from the Red Sea to the SW Pacific. Similar but larger than the Sacred Kingfisher see: vimeo.com/72239231
The Dollarbird is Australia’s only member of the Roller family. It is so called because of the round white shapes that are visible on the underside of the wings when in flight. It is a summer migrant to eastern and northern Australia. Birds here were filmed in the Canberra region over several summers.