We recently moved to a semi-rural property and THOUGHT we had no neighbours……turns out we were lied to! But we’re not mad. Our neighbours happen to be a beautiful family of Forest Kingfishers (Todiramphus macleayii), and they’re friendly enough to accept a daily gift in the form of a mealworm platter.
Forest Kingfishers aren’t your typical front/back yard visitor, you’d usually expect Magpies, Butcherbirds or Noisy Miners before these dapper little dudes, but I suppose when you move to this open, dry woodland type of habitat you can start to raise your expectations! In the short few months we’ve lived here we’ve been lucky enough to regularly spot Whistling Kites, Black Kites, Black Shouldered Kites, Grey Goshawks, Nankeen Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons, Pale Headed Rosellas, Golden Whistlers and even spotted a Little Pied Cormorant next to the big pond in our front yard! We even had a Red Bellied Black Snake down the road, and a Rough Scaled Snake right in our front yard. So awesome!
The house is small but beautiful and we really enjoy it here so far. The drive to work is pretty long for the both of us but having such nice scenery isn’t a bad trade-off. We’ll probably move closer to the coast at the end of the year anyway, so we’re making the most of it for now!