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Kookaburra companion Just as the robin-redbreasts would follow my father around his gardens in England as he was digging, excitedly waiting for any juicy worms or insects brought to the surface - so too now am I joined by such lovely avian company while I&#039;m working here in my gardens in Australia, in the form of kookaburras. <br />
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This particular kookaburra has been flying in this past week. It is small, so perhaps still a juvenile. <br />
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What a humbling joy to be deemed trustworthy enough by a wild creature, spending just a small moment with them. <br />
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Kookaburras are the world&#039;s largest kingfisher (family Alcedinidae), these being purely terrestrial.<br />
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Just as the robins did with my father, here is my visitor perched atop my spade handle, watching, watching, ever alert.<br />
 Alcedinidae,Australia,Coraciiformes,Dacelo novaeguineae,Geotagged,Laughing Kookaburra,Winter,aves,fauna,new south wales,terrestrial kingfisher,vertebrate Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Kookaburra companion

Just as the robin-redbreasts would follow my father around his gardens in England as he was digging, excitedly waiting for any juicy worms or insects brought to the surface - so too now am I joined by such lovely avian company while I'm working here in my gardens in Australia, in the form of kookaburras.

This particular kookaburra has been flying in this past week. It is small, so perhaps still a juvenile.

What a humbling joy to be deemed trustworthy enough by a wild creature, spending just a small moment with them.

Kookaburras are the world's largest kingfisher (family Alcedinidae), these being purely terrestrial.

Just as the robins did with my father, here is my visitor perched atop my spade handle, watching, watching, ever alert.

    comments (5)

  1. A nice cross generational story, Ruth. As it sits on your spade, I think the message here is...."keep digging" :) Posted one month ago
    1. I've just opened my bedroom blinds this Wednesday morning the day after posting this, to see this little character looking back at me, sitting on the balcony railing. "Are you going to be doing any digging today by chance?". I actually call them guuguubarra, which is the First Nation's Wiradjuri language name for this bird and it is easy to see the relation to the more common name/spelling it morphed in to. Posted one month ago
      1. Haha, I have a similar thing with the blackbirds here, but instead of digging they want me to turn on the sprinklers, as it also attracts worms. Posted one month ago
  2. Good Karma. A healing bird Posted one month ago
    1. I love the First Nation's legend about these birds. Posted one month ago

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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.

Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Aug 9, 2022. Captured Aug 2, 2022 15:27 in 106 Scenic Dr, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 10/2000s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm