Kookaburra VIII

Tom Newman

Frankston, Australia

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Kookaburra at Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Sherbrooke, Mt Dandenong, Victoria, Australia.

Kookaburras make a laughing call, most often in the early morning and just before dark. The calls let other kookaburras know where each one lives. An Aboriginal legend says that the kookaburra’s laugh is a signal to the sky spirits to light the great fire, the sun, in the morning and to put it out at night.

Breeding
After mating, the female kookaburra lays up to 4 eggs in a hole in a tree. The male and the female take turns to sit on the eggs until they hatch, about 25 days later. Both parents feed their chicks. Adult birds swallow food and then bring it back up again when it is mushy and feed it to the chicks. As the chicks grow they can be fed small worms or slugs or similar small food which they learn to eat like adults do. Then they have to learn how to find the food for themselves.
The young kookaburras have feathers after about one month. They leave the nest soon after that.
~ Sydenham and Thomas, Kookaburras. [Online] www.kidcyber.com.au(2008)

The Kookaburra is the Bird Emblem of the State of New South Wales
Nikon D300, Lens Nikkor:18-200mm ED VR
200mm, 1/250s, f/5.3, ISO:900
High ISO due to fading light

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