At 1200mm hand-held, you can only expect record-shots at best, so I brace myself, hold tight, press the shutter ...and hope something will be good enough. There's a lot of atmosphere between me, and that bird.
The Dollarbird is robust/stocky style of bird with lovely blue and lavender toned feathers contrasting with a strong red beak.
this is the big tree above all others where the Dollarbird likes to watch out from. It sits solitary, though I hear a return call from another Dollarbird, somewhere is the distance.
Every now and then it flies off in a swooping motion and does a wide circle, no doubt picking up small insects, and then returns. Often, to a differing part of the tree.
Overhanging branches make for the strong contrasting shadows.
Generally the Dollarbird seems to dissapear after the early morning session, and I will hear it again in the late afternoon. The lighting at that time of day isn't at all in my favour though; photos taken then up into the tree will produce just a silhouette of the bird and a washed-out background. These then, are as good as it gets, enough to document at least.
Later addition: Thanks John for your question! Why is it called a Dollar-bird? According to Birds in Backyards fact-sheet here this migratory bird from New Guinea, is so named because of "silvery, circular patches on the underside of the wings, thought to resemble the American silver dollar coin".