Hear the Kookaburra Sing

The kookaburras have been singing a lot in my backyard lately. And by 'sing', I really mean laugh - in that characteristic laugh typical of the birds when they are marking territory. I guess they see our backyard as theirs and in many ways, I almost feel like they belong to us.We occasionally give them a feed of mince, which they love, to supplement their diet of insects and reptiles. They have become so tame, they sit on the bench and eat from our hands, which is such a delightful experience.

This new baby kookaburra (pictured, below) recently fledged, which brings the kookaburras more often than usual. I see the adults teaching him to hunt. He has also learnt to come to us for a free feed. You can tell the baby apart from the way he's really un-coordinated and crys (screams) a lot, even though he is physically much larger than his mom and dad and adult siblings. He also has bushy eyebrows, a much shorter beak which is all dark brown and his feathers has more far brown on the crown. He is the cutest thing - I have a real soft spot for this little guy.

Do you have birds in your backyard?

14 Responses to Hear the Kookaburra Sing

Sunny Sweet Pea said...

Aw. They really are lovely birds. I unsuprisingly have only seen one in the zoo here in the UK. I guess the only birds we get in our gardens here, that would be as tame, is the robin. xx

Vintage Coconut said...

I have never seen such crazy cute birds!
I would love to have those in my backyard. Instead I get a crazy woodpecker who thinks its fun to peck by our windows and on our roof. *LOL*
We had to go as far as buying a big plastic owl to try and scare him away.

nancy said...

oh, wow! you're so lucky to have kookaburras so close! we only get pigeons, seagulls, willy wagtails and the like... although sometimes we get lucky with some rosellas :)

rolala said...

We do not have kookaburras in New York. It's cute how they look almost furry. We do have squirrels in the garden downstairs but they don't serenade us with any songs :)

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

I'm going to have the kookaburra song stuck in my head all night now! Haha. How amazing - we don't have a backyard since we are in a high-rise, but one day I hope we will!

Shoko said...

Omigoodness, I don't believe I've ever seen a kookaburra before! They are so adorable. Lucky you! :)

honey my heart said...

oh these birds are the cutest! there are a few birds in my backyard, but none that stay for too long.

MELISSA H said...

Awww. That's nice! It's sad that I don't get any birds any where near my house! ):


ANGELA said...

You are so lucky that you have backyard and those birds that singing to you everyday:):)Nice post!

Sonja said...

Aww they're so cute!
They're quite the charismatic birds hehe :o)

anurbanexplorer said...

How cute! I've never seen kookaburras in California! =[


akiko hiramatsu said...

Hi, Trishie!
very cuuuute birds!!!
I didn't know them.
maybe, they didn't live in Japan.
I can look at many pretty Pigeons in my office window !

akiko from Japan

Fabliha said...

these photos are so beautiful :) great blog


Maria said...

Oh I love kookaburras!
xo Maria