Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (f)

Posted by gregc on Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:09 pm

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Female Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia) with food to take to the nest. You might see one of her streamers is half worn off, from all the time inside the nest. Once the female joins the feeding duties with the male the chicks are close to fledging, she has probably gone out of the nest to coax them out. I didn't get to this spot in the rainforest the next day, but 2 days later they were gone. Once the chicks fledge they are taken up into the high canopy, become much harder to spot. The adults will migrate back to PNG in about a month, the juveniles following a few weeks later. They somehow know where to go.

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by Dan Kearl on Mon Feb 06, 2023 8:25 pm
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It't unfortunate that the leaf blocks the feet but a very cool bird , prey is a bonus, and nice habitat.

by david fletcher on Tue Feb 07, 2023 5:07 am
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Super sighting on what must be a tough one to get a clear shot of Greg. The dinner is a nice touch.
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by Karl Egressy on Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:58 am
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Nice action shot, with the fish in the beak.

by peter makuch on Tue Feb 07, 2023 10:05 am
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the side position taken on this kingfisher is well presented to the viewers, well done GREG.

by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Feb 07, 2023 2:03 pm
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Cool pose and beautiful Kingfisher species.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:59 pm
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You made the most of your opportunity with these beautiful kingfishers Greg and good to hear they seem to have successfully fledged!

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