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Laughing Kookaburra

Dacelo novaeguineae

Kookaburra on the Ground Kookaburra Distribution Kookaburra on the Ground
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Date & Time: 14 May 2003 16:07
Place: Arthurs Seat State Park
Kookaburra in a Tree Kookaburra in a Tree
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Date & Time: 14 May 2003 16:04
Place: Arthurs Seat State Park
Perched Kookaburra Perched Kookaburra
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Date & Time: 14 July 2004 9:47
Place: Dandenong Ranges National Park
Kookaburras are the largest of the kingfisher family, although these do not normally feed in water, or, for that matter, even around water necessarily. There are a couple of species, with the Laughing Kookaburra in my area.

This is another distinctive Australian bird, due to their laughing call. I have noticed this used in some b-grade horror films. It might seem a strange noise for someone not having heard it before but any Australian would find it a common sound and find it out of place in an American film, rather than inspiring any horror.

The first two photos are of the same bird where an apple core was thrown away and surprisingly Kookaburras swooped down to examine it (they normally eat small creatures such as lizards and invertibrates, rellying on their movement to detect them). Perhaps its a bad sign of wildlife in suburban parks, rellying on humans to feed them.

The third photo was taken in Ferntree Gully at the base of the "1000 steps". The morning was drizzly and I used flash to illuminate the bird against bright patches of sky.

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