Tuesday, November 25, 2008

lurking kingfisher finally makes an appearance

This is one of Ruthie Schueler's photographs of this bird, the light was too poor for ours.

About sunset we (finally!) noticed a white breasted kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis perched in prominent view on an upper curve of a eucalyptus branch above 'look- out corner'. (This branch appears diseased and is arched over) Finally! It was calling a high, sharp 'sik' note, which I had not noticed before, and then went into its kookaburra like laughing call. After a minute or so it headed into the east valley pines, and we could hear it every few minutes, each 'laugh' preceded by a 'sik' call or two.

Otherwise, a very quiet day.. 'chak chak' alarm calls of blackbirds in the woods, hooded crows passing over to roost, Syrian woodpecker call, Eurasian jays about, house sparrows, feral pigeons about the street. Eurasian Sparrowhawk glimpsed?

temperature range for today 14-21 degrees C, at just after 4 p.m. ~20%, winds easterly, almost still, humidity falling all day to about 20-22 % during our walk. Plenty small high altitude clouds

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