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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.
This one of a pair has repeatedly stolen goldfish out of the water-jar in my backyard. It sits in front of me in a tree and bashes the goldfish against the branch repeatedly and then manoeuvres to get it down its throat. He also has a way of looking entirely innocent of any wrong-doing or just avoids my gaze entirely!
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Featured In: The Wonder Of Wings
Australian Native Birds
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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    Kookas are great birds… nice capture.

  • Thanks Phillip!

    – byronbackyard

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Byronbackyard, well done!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • oldsalty
    oldsaltyover 4 years ago

    Great capture here Byronbackyard!Im glad they havnt found my pond yet!

  • Many thanks, lucky for you because once they’ve found them they keep coming back, they’re very tricky!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hedoff
    Hedoffover 4 years ago

    You certainly get the best from your lens

  • Thanks so much, lovely comment …. it often doesn’t seem good enough so that’s nice!

    – byronbackyard

  • Heidi Foreman
    Heidi Foremanover 4 years ago

    Nooo not the goldfish!!! I have two myself but they are in a tank and inside.!!! no kookas going to get my goldfish!!!

  • Just as well … they’ll thieve them if the can and eat them right in front of you!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alex Mokrzycki
    Alex Mokrzyckiover 4 years ago

    great capture,—- top shelf stuff, cheers Alex

  • Thanks Alex, cheeky bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • signeangelika
    signeangelikaover 4 years ago

    If you haven’t already you should add this cheeky kooka to the “Kookaburra challenge” in the Australian Native Birds group :)

  • Thanks for the info, I’ll do that!

    – byronbackyard

  • Sandra  Sengstock-Miller
    Sandra Sengst...over 4 years ago

    No I know why you said in another rely that it was just as well it wasn’t a goldfish. A great shot that you wouldn’t get again in a hurry. Sandy

  • Lol … thanks .. hopefully it’s a one of shot but it has managed somehow to get one other goldfish since then even with wire over the water jar!

    – byronbackyard

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your win!

  • Oh yay awesome … that’s my first challenge win. Thanks so much, lovely start to my day!

    – byronbackyard

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    And your winner is also featured…

  • 50 million thank-yous!

    – byronbackyard

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