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?