Laughing Kookaburra

The photograph below is of a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) which I found basking in the warm autumn sun at Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, yesterday.

The Laughing Kookaburra is the largest Kingfisher with a massive bill, black above and horn below. The race  novaeguineae is larger than race minor which is found on Cape York Peninsular. They are 45 centimetres in body size.

Kookaburras have been known to swoop on snakes and carry them in their beak to a great height above the ground before releasing them to plunge to their death. The snake will then become the Kookaburra’s meal. I have heard stories of people who have been almost hit by the falling snake.

Laughing Kookaburra - basking in the sun.

Laughing Kookaburra – basking in the sun.

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