July 18th – Kookaburra

Staring contest

The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest of the Kingfishers. The word Kookaburra is unsurprisingly onomatopoeic, deriving from a word from the Wiradjuri “guuguubarra”.

This photo was opportunistic (of course). The Kooka’s are common in most areas, but they haven’t really been around our house very frequently.

While they are carnivorous, often taking insects, birds from nests or fish from ponds, I tried to reward this guy for his patience with some bread. He shot a look similar to the above and took off.

Being almost exclusively Australian (there are these and more species in New Guinea), we have adopted them as the team icon for our mens field hockey team, we used Olly the Kookaburra as a mascot for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Kookaburra III failed to retain the America’s Cup in 1987.

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