As a blog about Australian birds, you’d really have thought that there would have been a post on a kookaburra by now. It featured in my Top 10 Classic Australian Birds and is one of the best known Australian birds around the world. However, I couldn’t get good enough photos to do it justice. It was always obscured by a twig, or grainy due to the dark, or blurred because it decided to shake at the wrong moment. Well, his time has now come. Mainly thanks to a pair of them at Lake Joondalup.
I hear their signature ‘laugh’, more often than I see them. It sounds a bit like excited monkeys shouting to each other in the trees. Since they’re in the kingfisher family they prefer to be near water, although you can find them in gardens or in the bush. Lizards and small snakes are more likely to be lunch than fishes though.
This kookaburra almost had lunch stolen from its beak by a brave and opportunistic fantail.
I was challenged to a staring contest – and I didn’t win.