A reliable veteran

There are a number of ancient River Red-gums on the floodplain at Newstead.

This one is known well by the locals – people and birds alike. Back in 2013 I wrote a short post about Laughing Kookaburras using a perfect hollow in this gnarly veteran to raise their brood. At that time (30/11/2013), on the other side of tree a pair of Sacred Kingfishers were feeding young.

Here we are, just short of seven years later, and the hollow is occupied again. My memory is hazy on the details, but most years it provides a nest site for kookaburras and homes for myriad other fauna.

Laughing Kookaburra home in a River Red-gum, Loddon river @ Newstead, 25th October 2020

Laughing Kookaburra about to launch towards the nest hollow

Touch down #1

Touch down #2

The area around the hollow is worn from a multitude of landings

Watchful as always

3 responses to “A reliable veteran

  1. A beautiful series..love the colours of nature

  2. Wonderful photos of both tree and kookaburra.

  3. I really love the landing arse feathers shot in #2. i guess expanding the tail feathers would be like putting on the brakes as it enters the hollow?

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