When we arrived at our accommodation in Lorne we were greeted by a chorus of raucous laughter from the local Kookaburras.They were not really laughing at us, but it’s a nice think to tell the kids.
After we had settled in, we read the information left by the owner.It was plain that they did not want us to feed the birds.This is understandable, as cockatoos can cause havoc on the parts of your house not made of reinforced concrete.However, it soon became clear that while we were content to ne good law abiding citizens, the birds would still try to persuade us be otherwise.
A small group of King Parrots landed first.The strong backlight from the low sun was not idea – and the solid red of the male was difficult to capture.The greens of the females and young males were easier to handle.
Once the parrots had departed we were joined by the iconic Laughing Kookaburra – the world’s largest kingfisher.One even tried to fly through the window, but failed.It gave itself a good shake and then flew back to a close by tree.
Given that some of these images are taken with a 105mm lens and have not been cropped in any significant fashion, I don’t think these birds are truly wild.Free, yes. Wild? Maybe not.