Pretty birds worth the wait

VISIT: Sacred kingfishers can be found in open bushland areas.

VISIT: Sacred kingfishers can be found in open bushland areas.

I am an amateur bird watcher and photographer and would like to know where I may spot the wonderful kingfisher in the Ballarat region?

C.L., Windermere.

The sacred kingfisher is a migrant to our area from New Guinea and Indonesia. It will return here in about one month. Its numbers vary from year to year, so it’s difficult to reliably predict where it might be found. However, there was a pair in the Swan Pool area at Lake Wendouree last year and they might return. Quite a few photographers took pictures there.

The sacred kingfisher is usually lightly scattered through open bushland of the district each spring and summer. Bushland dams and creeks are places to look. It is certainly an attractive blue-green bird and will reward a patient photographer.

  • Questions and photos are welcome. Send to Roger Thomas at The Courier, PO Box 21, Ballarat, 3353, or email to rthomas@vic.australis.com.au