Kookaburra company by the pool
When summer time is at its peak, I will always get an increased number of the larger bird species come in and sit a while on the pool fence. I wonder if the air around it is somehow cooler. Occasionally, I'll see a kookaburra dive bomb the surface of the pool before swiftly flying to the opposite fence where they will then preen for 20 minutes or more. When these terrestrial kingfishers dive bomb in that way - they truly look like their smaller kingfisher cousins.
The Laughing Kookaburra is a carnivorous bird in the kingfisher family Halcyonidae. Native to eastern Australia, it has also been introduced to parts of New Zealand, Tasmania and Western Australia. Male and female adults are similar in plumage, which is predominantly brown and white. A common and familiar bird, this species of kookaburra is well known for its laughing call.