Breakfast with a Kookaburra

Friday morning at 7am, I put my corn flakes on the table and pulled up the blind on my balcony door
to find a Kookaburra perched on the gum tree in front of my flat. (How Aussie is that?!
All that was missing was a kangaroo hopping past, though we don’t get a lot of them in Sydney.
Mind you, I did spot a possum on the tree late one night! It seemed as surprised as I was.)
The bird took no notice of me moving around, and very obligingly posed for a number of photos
— by which time my corn flakes were a soggy mess.

Kookaburra in a gum tree, Sydney, July 2013.

Kookaburra in a gum tree, shortly after sunrise,
Sydney, 26 July 2013.

The sun poked over the clouds blanketing the horizon, giving a lovely orange tinge to the bird's feathers.

The sun poked over the clouds hugging the horizon,
giving a lovely backlight to the bird’s feathers.

I wonder caught its attention?

I wonder what caught its attention?

I ventured onto the balcony (briefly! it was only 7 deg Celsius at 7am!)  but the best line of sight was from my lounge room window.

I ventured onto the balcony
(briefly! it was only 7 deg Celsius at 7am!)
but the best line of sight was from my lounge room window.

You’ve probably heard the term “Laughing Kookaburra”.
They really do sound like crazy human laughter —
there’s no mistaking when one is in the neighbourhood!
I always wonder what the white people of the First Fleet in 1788 made of
this sound echoing through their rough tent settlement.
Luckily for me, my breakfast companion was silent.  🙂
You can listen to one here.

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