Melanistic Sacred Kingfisher? Whakatane

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Michael Szabo
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Melanistic Sacred Kingfisher? Whakatane

Postby Michael Szabo » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:29 pm

Rochelle Vanstone has posted a photo of an unusual black and blue kingfisher that she took in Whakatane at 2pm today.

Is this a melanistic Sacred Kingfisher?

Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5BA87A06
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john b
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Re: Melanistic Sacred Kingfisher? Whakatane

Postby john b » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:00 pm

Amazing photo. I saw a very light one years ago up the Esk River which I initially thought was a kookaburra.

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