Friday, 8 July 2011

Serious business

An Aussie icon the Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo gigas has a serious side and that is when hunting is top of mind. For the best opportunity to scan for prey a high vantage point is a preferred site and the cross member of a power pole is ideal. This character was busy checking the ground below and just after this photo opportunity dived into a shrub and plucked a tasty caterpillar off a leaf.

The largest of the Australian kingfishers gets its descriptive name from its rollicking laugh that is heard on virtually any film that is set in the Australian Bush. They range through eastern Australia around to South Australia and have been introduced into Western Australia and Tasmania.

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