Sunday, January 10, 2010
We are in the middle of our 1st heatwave for 2010. Today the forecast is for a high of 43C (109F). Much too hot to go birding. So I have pulled some more images from the archive. We have a number of iconic birds in Australia, and one that most visitors want to see is the Kookaburra. There are two Kookaburras in Australia. Blue-winged from Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory, and Laughing Kookaburra from the Eastern states round to South Australia. They are a member of the kingfisher family, but are not tied to water as they do not catch fish. They will drop from a perch, catching reptiles, insects and small birds. These photos are all of Laughing Kookaburra. Generally you will first hear their laughing calls, or spot them flying through open woodland. They will perch openly in ones and twos. When they are alarmed, they can raise their crest. They can be quite confiding, allowing a close approach.