Startled cries drew my attention to the picnic table about 20 metres to my right. The cause: a kookaburra flying back to the tree in which it had been sitting earlier, with a couple of children in pursuit and a large-ish piece of chicken wing or lamb chop in its beak. Ha!
The bird then fluttered down to the ground and gave its prey a good bashing to kill it just a bit deader.
As the children approached the kookaburra took wing again, swooping past them at about chest height before landing on a branch almost directly above its victims.
I have deliberately omitted the people concerned from this series of pictures. It does spoil the fun a bit, I know — but I did get a photo of two children, dressed as pirates and pointing excitedly with plastic swords at the bird as it flew between us.
I actually managed to track the kookaburra with the camera at almost the perfect speed — but my focus control left a lot to be desired!
As the kookaburra continued with its meal some pieces fell on to the ground and had to be retrieved.
Its total concentration on the food allowed me to approach quite closely.
Date: 25 October 2014
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
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