Monday, 27 July 2009


kookaburras quite often make nests in large termite mounds that can be found high up in trees. it just so happens that we have one of these termite mounds in the tree right behind our back fence and, each morning, i've been watching this kookaburra going in and out of the nest/termite mound. as far as i know, kookaburras usually nest in september which is our spring so maybe it is just setting up house for now.

kookaburras are native to australia and are the largest bird in the kingfisher family. they are one of my top three favourite birds.....the other two being fairy wrens and the pelicans.

click on any image to enlarge

going in

peeking out

leaving the nest
aaron took this one

this is a painting i did of a kookaburra about four years ago

acrylics on 16"x12" gallery-wrapped canvas

love, light and peace


  1. Great post Mum! I love the photos of the kookaburras, especially the one that Aaron took! They are all great pics!

    Love Brad!

  2. you are so blessed to have these magnificent birds nesting to close to you! I love kookaburras, too and can't help think of the song in my head when I hear their name.
    Enjoy them!

  3. Wow the photos are wonderful. Aaron is so talented. It will be fun to watch the chicks hatch and fledge.

  4. Neat, Seerena. I remember the kookaburra song from when I was a kid, but I've never seen a kookaburra, even a picture.

    BTW, part of the flute melody in the Men at Work song "Down Under" was inspired by the kookaburra song. Little bit of trivia. And now I'm dating myself. So...

    -TimK :-)

  5. What great photos you got! How cool.

    Perhaps a message for us all...time to leave the nest and fly!

  6. I love their calls, you always know what kind of bird it is when you hear them :) really nice photos!

  7. Wonderful pictures, Beau-u-tiful painting!

  8. Great photos and the one that Aaron got is awesome. The kookaburra is a very handsome bird. I can see why it's your favorite.

    I left you an award on my latest post!

  9. Great shots. Love the one Aaron got of it. I love Kookaburra's too. Do you remember the one who use to eat Brandy's dog biscuits at or old house?

    I've always loved that painting.

  10. Wow, incredible painting!!

  11. Wow! That is so cool! I hope you can get pictures of the babies in the spring! Nice photo Aaron!

    That is an awesome painting! You do such a great job of capturing the essence of the bird's spirit in your bird paintings. Love them! Love them!! :):)

  12. your painting is wonderful...they always seem to be smiling and you have captured it so perfectly.... too cute....

    would the termites still be in that huge thing?...

  13. Hi Serena,
    Oh dear, I'd be worried about those termites coming to close to my house.

    Great photo's of the Kookaburra and also the one taken by Aaron.
    He must be patient waiting for the Kookaburra to leave his dinner to take that photo.

    I've admired your Kookaburra painting before. Just wonderful.

  14. Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments.

    Anna, thankfully, this variety of termite are not a threat to homes.

    Vee, as far as i know, the termites deserted the nest a long time ago....or maybe the birds feasted on them.

    Tim, thanks for that piece of trivia...I didn't know that.

  15. The painting is gorgeous and the photos great. You have such wonderful birds there. I'm jealous.