Bird of the Month is the Halfcollared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquada).
This rare bird species has been sighted by some of members with riverfront properties on the Magalies River, and elsewhere, on a number of occasions. Anyone in the Oori, or along the Jukskei, Hennops or Crocodile Rivers have a similar experience?
A recent press release of BirdLife, SA (16 April 2015) reports on their research project to study the Secretary bird, launched in 2011 – the same year that the threatened status of the Secretary bird was changed to vulnerable. The report describes the vast distances these birds travel after leaving the nest and the numerous threats they face.