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cecilia
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I am confused about the identification of a pair of kingfishers which were checking out the tadpole population in my pond in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.

Both were a teal colour - not the brilliant sapphire blue I've seen before.

My Simpson & Day book showed nothing likely to be in this area fitting the description, but a friend's Michael Morcombe identifies them as Azure Kingfishers.

Now my son has sent me a link to a website
http://www.birdphotos.com.au/sacredkingfisherweb/
which shows them to indeed be Sacred Kingfishers.

Please put me out of my confusion!
Cecilia Sharpley
www.duckpond-design.com.au/theduckpond

cecilia
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Thanks Denis ........ but perhaps I didn't mention that these birds were not much bigger than a blackbird, and they had brown barred chests.

A couple more photos, if you'll bear with me!

I have about another 150 photos if you need to see any other angles!

cheers
cecilia
www.duckpond-design.com.au

ed
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Hi Cecilia

Denis is right, Sacred Kingfisher for sure, if we are to believe 'Morcombe' the bird with the 'buff mottled brown' breast is a jev bird.

Ed

Ed Townsville NQ

cecilia
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May I ask "what on earth is a 'jev' bird?

And while I'm here, perhaps a good question to ask would be
"What is the most respected and widely accepted authoritative book to be used for Australian bird identification?"

cecilia
www.duckpond-design.com.au/theduckpond

ed
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Sorry typo.. should be juv = juvenile

I think everybody would give a different answer to 'which book'and I doubt any one book would cover all. I use Micheal Morcombe, for pictures and quick discription (a personal choice) but often refer to Graham Pizzey for a full discription. I also reference Simpson and Day and P Slater at times. If asked I would recommend 'Morcombe' as the best all round.

Ed

Ed Townsville NQ

cecilia
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Well, now you've all convinced me that my 202 photos taken are all of Sacred Kingfishers!

And thanks for the point that I don't need just one bird book! I shall quote you to my husband next time he groans at the need for yet another bookcase in the house!
cecilia
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