Two Kookaburra Chicks


I thought I would start off 2018 with a happy story about Kookie, the kookaburra without tail feathers.   Looking back through my posts, I can see mentions of Kookie “the tailless Kookaburra” since late 2012, but we first really began to observe her in 2014.  Back then, we didn’t know if she was male or … Continue reading Two Kookaburra Chicks

Kookaburra on Water Feature


We’ve been setting up a new garden  which has a water feature at the centre – just high enough to be a good vantage point for Kookaburras.  The birds have taken to sitting on the top-tier to spy insects and worms in the garden bed below.  The photograph above was taken through my study window. … Continue reading Kookaburra on Water Feature

“Kookie” the Tailless Kookaburra


I’ve written about Kookie, the tailless Laughing Kookaburra before.  We keep wondering if the loss of its tail is temporary, but after at least 18 months of no tail, we guess it must be a permanent state.  I would love to know if this is a result of genetics or an accident or attack.  As I’ve … Continue reading “Kookie” the Tailless Kookaburra

Kookie on a Foggy Morning


From time to time I’ve mentioned the Kookaburra without a tail we often see around the house. We’ve affectionately dubbed it Kookie (we don’t know if it is a male or a female).  Here is a photo of Kookie on a foggy morning, sitting on the stump just next to our decking. Kookie has found … Continue reading Kookie on a Foggy Morning

Familiar Faces: Wildlife, Home, and Making Contact


The first thing I do when I get out of bed each day is look out the window to see ‘who’ is there.  We recognise individual birds and animals within a species because they  seem to have made their regular patch of turf the land outside our windows.  It is their home as much as … Continue reading Familiar Faces: Wildlife, Home, and Making Contact

Birds in Spring: Nest Hunting


Two of the trees we can see from the house have hollows in the trunk – just about right for nesting birds. Over this first week of Spring, I’ve noticed a flurry of activity as pairs of birds try to find the perfect nest.  It reminds me of house hunting.  The birds will land close … Continue reading Birds in Spring: Nest Hunting