I have lived in Australia my whole life, some fifty plus years.
On my recent holiday in N.S.W, I was lucky enough to encounter these two birds.
They are blue winged Kookaburras.
It is very common to see Kookaburras sitting up on the power lines or fences.
In my experience they are fairly timid and fly off if they come into close contact with humans.
The first bird was happily sitting on a balcony railing of our accommodation and didn’t mind me creeping up on him to snap some shots.
The second chap below was sitting in a tree at the local beach at eye-level.
He also seemed to not mind being my photographic model for a few minutes.
This is the closest that I have ever been to a kookaburra.
These photos are my first Kookaburra photos and will not be my last, now that I know I have 10 Kingfisher varieties to capture on my camera.
Today I found the following very fascinating facts about our Kookaburra’s from
The Laughing Kookaburra is the world’s largest Kingfisher.
We have 10 different Kingfisher Species in Australia. They are the azure, forest, collared, sacred, little, yellow-billed and buff breasted paradise kingfishers and the blue winged and laughing kookaburras.
They mate for life and live in the same place for most of their life.
All Australian School children will no doubt learn the Australian Song,
“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree”.
It is a favourite for singing rounds in primary school choirs.
Older children love to change the lyrics to
“Kookaburra sits on an electric wire, jumping up and down with his pants on fire.”
If you are interested click on the youtube link below to listen to