Nature's Place

Kooky …

She? appeared suddenly and waited for me to get back with the camera, as if I was one of the family. See the hitchiker behind the eye?

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

The youngster maybe, centre of the garden, between the adults. Learning the ways of the world, a hunting.

The other side, the other parent, teacher and provider. How we are … until death us do part.

Sharp eyed hunter, bright vision in blazing sun or deep shadow … the king of kingfishers is our Kookaburra.

It’s a lovely time of year, the hot summer’s over and a warm wet autumn has begun.

I was taking dead heads from the yellow rose bush out back near the fence when I heard a sound close by.

I didn’t recognise it and thought nothing of it until a big kookaburra appeared just above my head, about three feet away.

It must have been around two feet long, tip to tail, and that beak … a deadly serious hunting tool, to the gardens small creatures.

It wasn’t at all wary of me, probably somewhat used to people given it lives in the suburbs and probably gets fed on occasion.

Then I heard a soft kooky cry from behind me and there was the youngster, or was it the mamma. I don’t know …

And then there were three. One casting around for sign of live food, a movement in the shadows, a flicker of give-away light.

One sitting on top of the clothes line, or watsitcalled. And the other diving towards the far fence to sit high for the outlook.

But no, nothing to be had in my backyard this hour of this day. I ran up and got the camera …

and some grain bread, but no interest from the family. Their need being for fresh meat.

And I didn’t have any to give … but they let me take a few pix from close by.

A simple pleasure, unhurried.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. Chrissy said, on 06/04/2018 at 5:03 pm

    WOW. We don’t see many kookaburras around here. Mostly big black birds and white cockatoos.

    • Mark said, on 06/04/2018 at 9:11 pm

      The kookies enjoy all the grasshoppers in my garden, which I let run wild. So there’s a few about, of both.

  2. Jane Lurie said, on 06/04/2018 at 8:41 am

    Beautiful bird and photographs, Mark.

  3. Blake Eckert said, on 05/04/2018 at 7:26 pm

    Nice 👍

  4. genevieve76645 said, on 02/04/2018 at 7:59 am


  5. Chip Allen said, on 01/04/2018 at 3:26 am

    Excellent shots. Can’t wait for the quacks to give me the all clear to get back out in the wild with my trusty Canon!

    • Mark said, on 01/04/2018 at 8:24 am

      It was a it of luck really, all that had been done (in negation) coalescing as a reflection in form. Karma’s a queen, or a kookaburra.

      My wild is the back yard, or where I am.

      Thanks Chip.

  6. dlg gliders said, on 31/03/2018 at 11:07 am

    is this a type of wood pecker? that beak looks very strong for pecking,,
    what kind of camera and zoom lens?

    • Mark said, on 31/03/2018 at 12:28 pm

      It’s a kingfisher, no pecking, more like stabbing.

      Panasonic G6 and Oly 60/f2.8 macro lens.

  7. akritilife said, on 31/03/2018 at 4:22 am

    The pictures are beautiful!!!

  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 31/03/2018 at 1:16 am

    These are such different looking bugs! Haha. Nice to see these birds. So interesting and beautiful. You are lucky to have this experience, I think. My cousin just moved to Australia, so if I visit her maybe I will see one! Great shots, Mark!!

    • Mark said, on 31/03/2018 at 12:24 pm

      Lucky, you could say that, they saw no harm in me.

      No doubt you will see them if you come, and hear the pied magpies calling in the morning. It depends on where …

      Let me know if you ever get to Brisbane. I might still be here.

      Thanks Mary.

  9. macmsue said, on 30/03/2018 at 8:16 pm

    That little bug is certainly well camouflaged. Lovely portraits.

  10. okkaren said, on 30/03/2018 at 8:04 pm

    Hello Mark great captures! As an Aussie kid growing up we used to sing this song when we heard the kookies laughing or at girl guides..
    Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, Merry , Merry King of the bush is he, Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh Kookaburra, how gay your life must be. It goes on another two verses which l won’t continue.. 😀

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 8:35 pm

      Ha, ha … Did childhood really happen? :-)

      Thanks Karen.

  11. treesshrubs said, on 30/03/2018 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my!! How blessed were you!!
    Gorgeous kookas and great profiles!!

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 8:34 pm

      Yes, they are beauties aren’t they.

  12. Karen Douglass said, on 30/03/2018 at 1:13 pm

    Wonderful! I’ve just started taking more notice of birds, so thanks for ones I’ll not see here in Colorado.

  13. Zezee said, on 30/03/2018 at 9:51 am

    I really like these. It’s almost as if they are posing. There’s a lot of personality in their postures.

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 1:27 pm

      They are being kookaburras. The pose is to better see what to eat next. :-)

  14. Lissa Clayton said, on 30/03/2018 at 8:20 am

    Gorgeous. One of my duties as house sitter here at Glasshouse is to feed the local Kooka family. There’s a half dead frangipani that I lay out offerings of minced offal. The dogs wait patiently for anything dropped. Everyone benefits.

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 1:26 pm

      Yes, it’s always a pleasure to engage with the wild creatures.

  15. Cate said, on 30/03/2018 at 7:43 am

    Lovely to see these big, beautiful birds, Mark. I read they usually lay 2-3 eggs, so I wonder if there’s another juvie around, or perhaps this is the only one who got this far.

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 1:26 pm

      I didn’t see another nearby, and it probably wouldn’t be anywhere else. So only the one made it …

      Thanks Cate.

  16. David said, on 30/03/2018 at 7:29 am

    Nice captures and so different from what I’m used to seeing; but still, effectively, up close. :)

    • Mark said, on 30/03/2018 at 1:24 pm

      You don’t get much closer to wild urbanised birds.

      Thanks David.

  17. Frank Prem said, on 30/03/2018 at 6:59 am

    Brilliant, Mark.

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