Tag Archives: Kookaburra

At Home: A Kookaburra Watches

28 May

Few birds make their presence felt more than Australia’s Kookaburras. Often they can be heard loud and clear, well before they are spotted.

They have adapted well to the humans who love to picnic in the Park. Sometimes, they even land on the picnic table and help themselves to a piece of tasty sausage.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

On other occasions they gather in small groups, waiting expectantly for a handout.

But this particular Kookaburra seems to have other things on his mind.

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A Handsome Bird: Kookaburra on the Bubbler

15 May
Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Australia’s iconic kingfisher, the Kookaburra, has adapted remarkably well to human contact. It’s quite common to see them cadging the picnickers for food scraps, even daring to land on their dinner-tables. The response of the humans varies. Some encourage it, others seem to be intimidated.

So I guess it isn’t surprising to see these agile birds perching wherever their fancy takes them, whether it be tree branches, hand railings or water bubblers.

This is one of my better photos of a Kooka in our local park.

Enjoy!

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Watching the World Go By

5 May
Watching the world go by

Watching the world go by

Watching the world go by…

It seems to be a favourite activity of Kookaburras. I often see them perched in trees, or even on railings, just looking, observing, taking stock…

Such wise and amazing birds!

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That Looks Tasty!

29 Mar
That Looks Tasty

That Looks Tasty

That looks tasty!

I’m guessing that this is running through the mind of this engaging Kookaburra.

Kookas are renowned for enjoying a sample or two of picnickers’ fare. This one is no exception.

Enjoy this taste of the Australian bushland!

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I Wonder What He’s Thinking…

14 Mar
Contemplative Kookaburra

Contemplative Kookaburra

I wonder what he’s thinking.

This Kookaburra seems to me to be in a reflective pose. He’s encroaching on human territory, boldly perching on a hand-rail that’s beside a major pathway to the river baths.

But I guess that he and his mates are by now well used to human contact. In fact, they often use it to their advantage, gathering snacks from unsuspecting (and sometimes compliant) picnickers.

Don’t you think he’s a handsome fellow?

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Hello, I’m Up Here!

3 Mar
Look at me!

Look at me!

Hello, I’m up here!

Not in my usual spot, in the trees or on the ground. No. I’m spreading my wings and trying something new.

And now, get ready: I’m going to laugh….

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That Looks Interesting…

28 Feb
That looks interesting...

That looks interesting…

That looks interesting…

I’m certain that’s the thought that’s running through the minds of this delightful pair of Kookaburras.

Intelligent, fearless and very vocal, these remarkable birds certainly make their presence felt. Just ask those who picnic among them…

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Kookaburra Takes a Bath

31 Jan
Hello there!

Hello there!

A thorough job...

A thorough job…

Warm, sunny days tempt more than just humans into the water.

Just as we love swimming, at least some Kookaburras seem to relish getting thoroughly wet. It’s becoming quite common for me to spot one or more of these magnificent birds, thoroughly drenched through bathing in a pool of tap water.

And by the response I received, these Kingfishers are not the least bit camera-shy….Or have they just gotten used to my presence?

Who knows?

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Kookaburra Wise

18 Jan

I like to think that our feathered friends each have their own unique character. Jaunty, diligent, protective…the list goes on.

My feeling is that this handsome Kookaburra is of the wise variety. Overseeing his (or her) territory, Kooka looks as though he knows it all, and is well pleased.

What do you think?

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

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Kookaburra Conference

20 Nov

Much of the time, kookaburras seem to be solitary creatures, but now and then they cluster together. My guess is that, on this occasion,  someone had left food scraps behind, and that the birds were making the most of them.

Kookaburra Conference

Kookaburra Conference

Whatever the reason, I think a group makes a lovely sight, don’t you?

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