Social distancing? Try explaining that to the kookaburras.

by John Wilson April. 15, 2020 310 views

Our local kookaburras are ridiculously comfortable in our presence and seem to be enjoying the extra opportunities to chat with us during COVID lockdown.

Am I watching you, or are you watching me?

Am I watching you, or are you watching me?

Just two kookaburras visiting now, but I've had up to eight sitting on this rail conversing with me. I've started to learn how to mimic their different calls to each other - maybe now they think I'm a giant kookie. The one on the left is a female with a nest in the bushland behind.

Just two kookaburras visiting now, but I've had up to eight sitting on this rail conversing with me. I've started to learn how to mimic their different calls to each other - maybe now they think I'm a giant kookie. The one on the left is a female with a nest in the bushland behind.

Right there, in the termite nest.

Right there, in the termite nest.

The kookies have incredible eyesight. They see us at home from hundreds of metres. When they're hunting, which is most of the time, they sit absolutely still, watching, like this guy is now. Then out of nowhere they pounce on an unfortunate grub or lizard.

The kookies have incredible eyesight. They see us at home from hundreds of metres. When they're hunting, which is most of the time, they sit absolutely still, watching, like this guy is now. Then out of nowhere they pounce on an unfortunate grub or lizard.

I guess this is the very last thing a worm ever sees.

I guess this is the very last thing a worm ever sees.

They seem to be very intelligent birds and drink in everything you do. They have decided as a group that we're ok, not a threat, and so don't mind us hanging around them at close quarters.

They seem to be very intelligent birds and drink in everything you do. They have decided as a group that we're ok, not a threat, and so don't mind us hanging around them at close quarters.

It's extraordinary how close they let us get. You can even touch them, though if you do they give you a look that says, `What the hell do you think you're doing?' But they don't fly away. They just take in the behaviour, try to work it out.

It's extraordinary how close they let us get. You can even touch them, though if you do they give you a look that says, `What the hell do you think you're doing?' But they don't fly away. They just take in the behaviour, try to work it out.

They hang around together but are not always completely nice to each other. Those beaks are built to hurt!

They hang around together but are not always completely nice to each other. Those beaks are built to hurt!

Each kookie has a unique personality. I think they're wonderful creatures. But they have a slightly annoying habit of being at their noisiest with their raucous laughter at 5:00 in the morning - guys, tone it down! Please! I'm trying to sleep!

Each kookie has a unique personality. I think they're wonderful creatures. But they have a slightly annoying habit of being at their noisiest with their raucous laughter at 5:00 in the morning - guys, tone it down! Please! I'm trying to sleep!

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John Wilson 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Glad you like our kookies Heike! They make me smile too, they're hilarious.

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Heike 7 months, 2 weeks ago

What a funny post! Made me smile. You have adorable neighbours! How cool that they accept you as one of them. smile

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