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The Pole Sitter. by Trish Meyer

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Photographed in my backyard at Denhams Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Laughing Kookaburra : Dacelo novaeguineae
The Laughing Kookaburra is Australia’s most instantly recognisable bird in both plumage and voice. It is generally off-white below, faintly barred with dark brown, and brown on the back and wings. The tail is more rufous, broadly barred with black. There is a conspicuous dark brown eye-stripe through the face. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family, the average size being 42cms.

Laughing Kookaburras are found throughout eastern Australia. They have been introduced to Tasmania, the extreme south-west of Western Australia, and New Zealand.

The Laughing Kookaburra inhabits most areas where there are suitable trees and feeds mostly on insects, worms and crustaceans, although small snakes, mammals, frogs and birds may also be eaten. Prey is seized by pouncing from a suitable perch. Small prey is eaten whole, but larger prey is killed by bashing it against the ground or tree branch.

Laughing Kookaburras are believed to pair for life. The nest is a bare chamber in a naturally occurring tree hollow or in a burrow excavated in an arboreal (tree-dwelling) termite mound. Both sexes share the incubation duties and both care for the young. Other Laughing Kookaburras, usually offspring of the previous one to two years, act as ‘helpers’ during the breeding season. Every bird in the group shares all parenting duties.

Laughing Kookaburras often become quite tame around humans and will readily accept scraps of meat. This ‘pre-processed’ food is still beaten against a perch before swallowing.

Edited from The Australian Museum website, “Birds in Backyards”.


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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Trish, he posed beautifully for you !

  • Trudi, thanks for your lovely comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Karina  Cooper
    Karina Cooperover 4 years ago

    Oh he is so cute…..these guys are really hard to catch I reckon…. Great job

  • Thanks Karina … he was probably hoping to catch a lizard or two!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Allen Lucas
    Allen Lucasover 4 years ago

    An amazing capture, wonderful detail.

  • Thanks so much for dropping by with your lovely comments and for adding this image to your faves, much appreciated, Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Terrific capture

  • Thanks Kala … he sat still long enough for a change!

    – Trish Meyer

  • withacanon
    withacanonover 4 years ago

    beautiful bird!

  • Thank you!

    – Trish Meyer

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago

    Gosh this is a cool chappie Trish,
    he’s posing for you hehe

  • Thanks Malcolm!
    Posing or looking for my lizards!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    WHAT A REAL CUTIE!!! GREAT SHOT TRISH !

  • Judy, thanks for the lovely compliments!!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Darryl Fowler
    Darryl Fowlerover 4 years ago

    Great Shot Trish…

    well done.!!

  • Thanks so much Darryl!

    – Trish Meyer

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Cee, thank you for accepting this native of ours!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely capture……..

  • Thanks so much Antanas!

    – Trish Meyer

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