A few years ago, my husband and I went to Noosa Heads in Queensland for a holiday. It was our first trip to the island continent and we had a marvelous time. After spending just a few days in Sydney, which I later photographed for a feature story for National Geographic Traveler, we boarded a plane bound for Maroochydore where we then rented a car and drove north to Noosa Heads where we had rented a condominium. Our first evening we heard what appeared to be quite human-like laughter. It was only after consulting my bird book that I realized that we were surrounded by Kookaburras. It didn’t take long to discover that they are quite tame and enjoy being photographed.
From Wikipedia: Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are large to very large (total length 28–42 cm/11–17 in) terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea, the name a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, which is onomatopoeic of its call. Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the well-known Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).
We also had wild bush turkeys, currawongs, friarbirds and flocks of lorikeets. It was wonderful and I made this little film gathered from bird activity around our deck. (apologies for the compression – makes the lorikeet practically invisible) Enjoy!