Hungry, hungry kookaburras come to visit

Adult Laughing Kookaburra
Adult Laughing Kookaburra sitting on our back fence

Living near the bush means we see a lot of native birds and wildlife. Lorikeets, magpies, crows and noisy miners are the most common but every now and then we have the privilege of getting up close to a kookaburra or two.  Kookaburras are primarily meat eaters, they will catch mice, lizards, and small snakes among other things. There are two types of kookaburra, the Laughing Kookaburra and the Blue-winged Kookaburra, our visitors are of the Laughing type. We give them a little bit of fresh mince which one of them happily takes out of our hands and occasionally feeds to the demanding youngster. The noise a kookaburra makes is very distinctive, it makes me smile even at 5 o’clock in the morning. I recorded this video late one afternoon, Hubby was handing out the mince and for the most part only one kookaburra came for the food, a third kookaburra stayed in the tree. You won’t hear them laughing however you will get to see parent and child interact which is a funny sight and it made me wonder whether it was Mum or Dad on spoon-feeding duty.

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7 thoughts on “Hungry, hungry kookaburras come to visit

  1. Ogee January 21, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    They are quite brave… I guess the treats are very tempting!

    • Two Black Dogs January 21, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      The treats must be, they’ve been staying close to our house all day and the young one is still demanding food 🙂

  2. restlessjo January 21, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    I thought you were sharing six words there for a moment, Sam 🙂 🙂 I just did! What a crazy noise. Sounds like they’ve been watching a Marx Brothers film 🙂

    • Two Black Dogs January 25, 2017 / 10:05 am

      I didn’t even realise that there were six words, had to go back and reread my title Jo 😛 They do make a crazy sound, when they really get going with the laugh it is quite incredible to hear. They visit every day but we’ve had to stop encouraging them because it isn’t safe for them to be too familiar with us, Bundy likes to ‘play’ with birds 😦

      • restlessjo January 25, 2017 / 5:23 pm

        Oops! 🙂

  3. fredrieka January 24, 2017 / 3:28 am

    those are cool birds we do not have anything like that in Michigan. WOW

    • Two Black Dogs January 25, 2017 / 10:06 am

      They are very cool, I love our native birds and these ones have so much character.

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