Saturday, 9 August 2014

Kookaburra on the balcony

A few weeks ago we got a visitor on the balcony. 

We woke up hearing a crazy laughing sound come from the balcony, dazed I said to Nicole. "Nicole, Nicole. There is a monkey on the balcony!" knowing well that there i no monkeys in Australia.

Of course, it was no monkey but a Laughing Kookaburra.  

Kookaburras have a strange call that sounds like laughter, it goes through cycles where it sometimes sounds like it is having a conversation with someone.

Check out a video, not mine, of a laughing kookaburra.

We have had a couple of visit of Kookaburras on the balcony since then. On one occasion we had three of them on the balcony at the same time having a little orchestra. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of that.

There are two species of of Kookaburras in Australia.
  • Laughing Kookaburra, are really common here in Sydney and I have seen several dozen of them. That's the kind that visit our balcony.
  •  Blue-winged Kookaburra. I have only seen theses at a wildlife park but would love to see them in the wild one day.

I really love the bird life of Australia, there are so many strange and exotic birds here that we don't get in Sweden.
Check out my post on Centennial Park for more bird photos.

Thanks for reading!

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