Saturday Evening Post #164 :Hide and Seek

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.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post #164 :Hide and Seek

  1. How interesting to see the “before and after” shots of their work. It looks like hard work indeed. And what a beautiful shot at the head of the post too. Just lovely. I wish them much success, and kudos to EE for finding chosen tree!

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  2. Amazing shots David, your patience has paid off and was rewarded. It must be quite an effort to carve out such a nesting hole with their beak. The Cockies can chip it away much easier. I still tell people about your shots of last year with the mouse being fed to the youngster. Looks like another interesting series up ahead 🙂

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  3. Great that you have found the probable nest site, David! Wonderful to see!
    Wonderful images! I hope the nesting is successful and you get to see the young.
    Splendid images!

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