Kingfishers and kookaburras
Kingfishers occur across the globe but the kookaburra (a type of kingfisher) is only found in Australia and New Guinea.
The blue-winged kookaburra is the Top End’s version of this iconic bird. Like most Territorians, it’s a non-conformist and its laugh sounds nothing like its southern cousins. I had no idea what kind of bird might be making such a raucous ruckus in the bush when we first moved to our rural property. I imagined some enormous and strange feathered creature and was astounded to discover the source of the sound. (You can hear it here.)
The beautiful azure forest kingfisher is indeed a royal bird. One day, walking out from Goose Lagoon at the Territory Wildlife Park, a kingfisher perched on a branch near the path and posed for me. The bird waited patiently for me to get my camera out, line up my shot, focus and shoot – several times. I had been longing for this spontaneous opportunity and could not wait to get the photos home and start working up a fabric design.