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Laughing Kookaburra with mouse

Dacelo novaeguineae


The perfect birthday present from mother nature! The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and voice. It is generally off-white below, faintly barred with dark brown, and brown on the back and wings. The tail is more rufous, broadly barred with black. There is a conspicuous dark brown eye-stripe through the face. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family.


This was spotted in a pine tree near a dam in my backyard.


I happened to look up after hearing squabbling kookaburras while i was photographing another bird & saw this! I'm not sure if the mouse was still alive at this point!

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AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Wow! Thanks a lot lisa!

LisaPowers 9 years ago

Congrats and Happy Birthday Alice! Your spotting has been featured as one of our Fun and Interesting Facts.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Id say you're right about that! It does appear alive. I knew they were carnivorous but I didn't think they would eat a whole mouse either!

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Hema Shah 9 years ago

I think that the mouse is paralysed by fear . Cute mouse!
Interesting fact that these it mice!

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks! It was a case of in the right place at the right time & lucky i had my camera! I don't think that'll be something i'll see again anytime soon!

WildlifeLover 9 years ago

Amazing shots. Definitely a great present from mother nature. Happy birthday :-)

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jul 30, 2013
Submitted on Jul 30, 2013

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