At home in Broome we are often awoken by Blue-winged Kookaburras and their insane chattering, but here in Melbourne the Kookaburra family is represented by the Laughing Kookaburra. The Laughing Kookaburra is a slightly larger bird than the Blue-winged Kookaburra and its “laugh” sounds more like an actual laugh or chuckle rather than the manic raucous noise that we hear in Broome.

On one of my many visits to the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne over recent weeks I came across an odd sound, which was far louder than the familiar sound of the Bell Miners. I am used to hearing the pinging of the Bell Miners at the Botanical Gardens, but this was sounding metallic and frantic. There were no people around and so I headed in the direction of the sound and I soon came across the culprit. The above photo was taken from some distance away through a fence as I slowly approached.

There was a Laughing Kookaburra intent on destroying the red tag on the firefighting equipment! I positioned myself against the fence and watched it attacking the red tag.

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Laughing Kookaburra attacking the red tag

This went on for several minutes and the Laughing Kookaburra was not at all interested in my presence, but was determined to attack this innocent red tag! In the end I left it to its destructive behaviour and wandered off into the relative quiet of the Botanical Gardens! It did not manage to remove the red tag, but was having some fun trying.

Written by Clare M
Clare and her husband, Grant, have lived permanently in Broome, Western Australia since 1999 after living in various outback locations around Western Australia and Darwin. She has lived in the Middle East and the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. She monitors Pied Oystercatchers breeding along a 23km stretch of Broome's coastline by bicycle and on foot. She chooses not to participate in social media, but rather wander off into the bush for peace and tranquility. Thankfully she can write posts in advance and get away from technology!