We have, for the past few weeks been engaged in a game of Hide and Seek, with a pair of Sacred Kingfisher.
They come down along the Werribee River every year for the nesting season. It is not too hard to find a bird. Their calls through the forest highlight the general direction.
They also tend to use the same branches as hunting perches. So if we are prepared to sit in one location for a while, (translated into real time, anywhere between one or two hours), they are more than likely to turn up.
Being able to find where they might, will, or possibly could nest remains a bit of a game. They make all the rules and it’s somewhat difficult to determine their intent.
So it’s not unusual to have seem them peeking into a hole in a tree here, being ejected from another by rather vocal, and aggressive Red-rumped Parrots who ‘own’ the nest. Harassed by Rainbow Lorikeets at another prospective hole, and chased by Willie Wagtails, just because they can. And of course the WIllies have their own broods to protect.
However EE is not one to give up easily and at last, she is pretty sure she has found their location. Of course nowhere near the areas we had been searching.
We found them working on a dead River Redgum. A damaged section must be hollow on the inside and they had set about ‘drilling’ into the decayed branch.
It took several days before they had made sufficient headway as to have access to the inside of the trunk.
The two pictures are three days apart and the hard almost unyielding wood can be seen in the lefthand shot. However, they seem to have persisted and now have made an entrance into the chamber. There are two holes they have been working on, and I’ve no idea which will be the chosen entrance.
TIme. Will tell.