Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher


Posted by gregc on Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:38 pm

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Male Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera silvia). I had given up photographing these this season, after the cyclone and historic rainfalls, all the places I would normally go are still inaccessible with bridges washed away and massive landslides blocking the roads. So I was pleasantly surprised when I went for a mtb ride on a recently reopened but still very muddy track to come across this male teaching a juvenile hunting. They will be leaving very soon back north to New Guinea, they come here each year to breed in the dark rainforest. His streamers are in surprisingly good condition for so late in the season.

ISO5000, 300mm, f4, 1/1000, on OM-1.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Mon Apr 01, 2024 7:34 pm
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I read about the torrential rain in Queensland, and your description illustrates it really well. Great that you found this really good-looking Kingfisher, the plumage and tail feathers look very good.
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by paul fletcher on Mon Apr 01, 2024 7:52 pm
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A fine image, Greg- I hope your weather improves soon.
 

by david fletcher on Tue Apr 02, 2024 2:05 am
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A lovely find on your ride Greg. Have heard also of the rough weather there and hope it gets better. Lovely shot!
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Apr 02, 2024 2:36 am
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Axel Hildebrandt wrote: I read about the torrential rain in Queensland, and your description illustrates it really well. Great that you found this really good-looking Kingfisher, the plumage and tail feathers look very good.

Glad you found them before they go home Greg!  

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by Karl Egressy on Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:24 pm
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It seems yo me that the weather is very unusual everywhere lately.
Great image of this never seen before posted Kingfisher.
 

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