Even though his feathers are azure in colour, this is not the Azure Kingfisher.
No – This is the Little Kingfisher.
I was rather disappointed to discover this brilliantly coloured bird was not the Azure Kingfisher, and despite its name, it’s not the smallest kingfisher. I thought it was roughly half the size of a Laughing Kookaburra who, as it turns out, is not the biggest kingfisher either.
We saw lots of Little Kingfishers during our time in Mooloolah Valley, though I must admit, like most birds, they were not easy to photograph and most of the snaps I took are very blurry.
Unlike the distinctive laugh of it’s bigger relative, the only clue I had that a Little Kingfisher was nearby, was a dazzling flash of blue as they flitted in and out of the nearby trees in search of morsels, but I’m happy that at least I managed one or two photos that are (almost) clear enough.
I’ll just have to keep looking for that elusive Azure Kingfisher. Maybe I’ll see one sooner or later.