Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday 400 - Azure Kingfisher

Well, I don't think I would have imagined I would get to 400 consecutive WBWs when I picked up the torch from World Bird Wednesday - but here we are.

I also don't think I could have imagined what would be happening around the world during this week either.  I suspect few of us would have.

I feel a protracted period of garden birding and archive mining coming on.

This week's bird is a Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea).  It occurs across the north and east of Australia, and also into Tasmania.

This bird was perched up on some bushes by the side of Yellow Waters, a large area of wetland in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.  I saw this bird during one of the regular boat trips that go out onto Yellow Waters.  A moving boat and a small bird are not that easy to combine.








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18 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Of one thing we can be sure, Stewart - your archives will provide us with plenty of beauty to alleviate the grime of the news!!! YAM xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is the most beautiful Kingfisher! I wish I *had* some backyard birds! Stay well.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Yeah, no one could have imagined even six months ago, where the world would be right now.

That is a gorgeous bird and you got some great photos of it. Are your Kingfishers skittish like the ones here in Connecticut US? We have the Belted Kingfisher, and they fly off at the slightest thing, so they are very hard to photograph.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous rust and blue plumage! Beautiful!

italiafinlandia said...

This bird is a beauty!!
All the best.

Marie Smith said...

What a beautiful bird! That beak is quite impressive!

Rohrerbot said...

Stunning colors on that kingfisher. I'm with you. It's so weird! I'm working in my garden and the birds are coming to feed which is great. Doing some house projects which has also been fun. Hang in there!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

CONGRATULATION on 400 week's of your lovely meme Stewart. This is a gorgeous little bird beautifully photographed. Stay safe and thanks for hosting your meme every week.

Germán Ibarra Zorrilla said...

Fantásticas fotos, enhorabuena!!!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! Yes I remember when you took it over with some trepidation and you have done a spectacular job! That kingfisher's blue back is so intense that it seems to glow. You dealt with the motion very nicely.

Ranten said...

Hi Stewart! Lovely bird! We've only had one Common Kingfisher in the area, but I haven't been able to find it.

TheChieftess said...

Congratulations on your blogversary!!! Mr. Kingfisher is a handsome bird!!! Stay well!

Rhodesia said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird and great photos. Thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday, you have done a great job. Take care Diane

This N That said...

Beautiful bird..Happy Blogversary...Wonderful pictures..Hope you and your family are staying safe..

Cloudia said...

WOW!

Lea said...

Hello Stewart, we both have Kingfishers today though yours is much more brightly colored!
Your Kingfisher has such intense colors - fantastic! Beautiful photos!
Thanks for hosting!

Emma said...

Congrats on 400!! That's a great effort :)

Also love the Azure Kingfisher - these guys are so small yet so lovely!

Kiran said...

Perfect, what a beautiful and great photograph.Thank you, Stewart, for hosting wild Bird Wednesday. The Kingfisher has such sharp and intense color. Your archives provide us with plenty of news from nature. We too have some lovely birds for those who love to see. Check out Talking parrot sales chennai.We are waiting for more pictures. Best Wishes!