These are two kookaburras my fella and I have been caring for. They can't be released back into the wild as they both have wings that were too badly damaged to fly properly. The one on the left is Fluff and the other is Fifi.
They aren't the friendliest of birds most of the time but as with anything you always get some that are a bit different. These two are ok if we have food, especially Fluff, in fact we often call him Fat Fluff as he eats SO much and steals Fifi's food. LOL
They look so cuddly but when we first got Fluff he latched onto my finger. I fairly yelled and cursed as these guys can break bones. We feed them on day old chicks and mice.(dead of course) and bits of snake. In the wild they eat baby birds, lizards, frogs, snakes, pretty much anything small that moves (that includes little fingers)LOL
My father had an incident with a baby kookaburra once, he picked up a baby that he thought had fallen out of it's nest. The baby started screaming & dozens of kookaburra's came out of the trees at him. He said he quickly put the baby down & ran for his life!
LOL that would have been so funny. I remember camping one weekend and we had just sat down to eat a bbq. My brother had a big steak in his hands and had his mouth open to take a bite and out of nowhere this kooka comes flying down and steals the steak right out of his hands and mouth. We all nearly wet ourselves laughing. It landed about 6 feet away and started smashing the steak on the ground to 'kill' it. The only thing that saved the rest of the meat was that every kooka for a mile around started 'laughing'. Talk about rubbing salt into the wound. ROFPML LMAO. I still laugh out loud every time I think about it
The wildlife carer we help. We also get them around the farm so iF we kill one we freeze it and then cut it up, or should I say 'I' cut it up. My fella won't do it. The sacrifices I have to make... LOL