Friday, 22 March 2013

Les Solomano- 1935

Kookaburras in a Haystack

Because of his record of kookaburras nesting in a most unusual situation, and because of his interesting notes on the birds, Les. Solomano, of Talbot, is awarded second prize:

 "For weeks a pair of kookaburras worked hard tunneling in the side of our haystack. They were working so hard that they spread out their tails as if to cling to the side.

"When the tunnel was about 12 inches long they laid four eggs in it. Three young ones came out but one was squashed. Then another one died.

"The young ones' eyes were closed for about a fortnight, and the first out of the egg had its eyes open first. This one got all the food, and therefore starved his mate.

"I took the weak one when it could only prop itself up with its beak, but it died. I think I should have taken the strong one away earlier, so that the mother could feed the weak one. One day I thought the little one sounded hungry so I looked in the nest and found a snake about 12in. long. It was alive but helpless. I could not see any mark to show how the kookaburra had wounded the snake. I pounded it up and fed it in bits, and it was a real relish.

"Now the baby's feathers are growing mottled like those of the parents, and it calls out like a kookaburra learning to laugh."

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Thursday 26 December 1935, page 4

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