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Laughing Kookaburra (my nemesis)

Dacelo novaeguineae


This is my 400th spotting, and I can't think of a better way to mark the occasion than to post a spotting of a quintessentially Australian bird, the Laughing Kookaburra. And I will never forget this particular individual either... ever!!! We actually had a falling out and many harsh words were spoken. It's not like me to squabble with the wildlife, but from the word go this bird and I failed to hit it off. He is my nemesis! Info on the species can be found at the reference link. Info on this particular individual can be found in my notes.


This fellow was spotted in native bushland in Girraween National Park, near Bald Rock Creek. Close to a picnic area and camping ground, so these birds are fairly accustomed to people, and this one in particular was as bold as brass. Here's some park info -


This little ####### stole my lunch. Twice!! And he just about ripped my finger out of its socket in the process. Twice!! And believe me, it hurt. There are signs all over the national park not to feed the wildlife, but he obviously hadn't read them. Rude and pushy, and persistent, we had no alternative but to move to a more remote area of the national park to have lunch. He may have had speed and stealth on his side, but I have a big pot and plenty of fresh garlic on mine. Let's see who has the last laugh, laughing boy! (no pun intended). The last photo shows him with his little mates... eating my lunch. This isn't over yet, buddy. I'll be back in Girraween soon enough! PS: I was back in Girraween 26 Feb 2015, and this fellow was nowhere to be found. I think he was in hiding!!

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Thanks everyone. True story, and all my fingers survived, so I guess it had a happy ending. Cheers for the nomination too, Fyn. Much appreciated.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Love the spotting and story Neil! Congrats on #400.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Jae 5 years ago

haha lovely story and great pics, Neil. First the noisy miner and now this :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Not much sympathy for 'twice' :-) (love that last shot too)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

This a great spotting and I love your story. The title of your spotting also really caught my eye. Congratulations on a unique 400th spotting!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

They say birds are incredibly smart, Ashley, so I can well believe it. I like the last pic too, Karen, but wasn't too sure if it should be the lead pic. Cheers for the congrats too, James. It was an awesome comment :-)

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Many congrats on the 400 Neil. You have enriched many PN members with your spottings. Here is to the next 400

AshleyT 5 years ago

I think the birds know exactly what the signs say, they just choose to ignore them ;)

KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Love that last pic!

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Oct 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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