Kookaburra Sausage Snatchers, Lake Tinaroo Wildlife

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It’s not unusual to attract wildlife when you’re camping in Australia. Living in the tropics involves plenty of up-close wildlife interaction. We’ve had wallabies and possums visit our tent more than once. But did you know kookaburras like to snatch your food too? I’ve seen them snatch chicken legs directly from somebody’s hand down south, but on Lake Tinaroo, they like to go for your sausages.

Lake Tinaroo
Beautiful Lake Tinaroo, not so beautiful bird.

Everybody knows that in Australia you have to watch out for sharks, jellyfish in stinger season, funnel webs, cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles,  redbacks, stinging tree, and drop bears.

That’s right, isn’t it?

It’s common knowledge. Australia is one of the few countries on this fascinating planet that actually advertises how dangerous it is.

camping at Lake Tinaroo kookaburra in camp
Camping at Lake Tinaroo, with the wildlife

But I have a new menace on the Lake Tinaroo wildlife scene to share with you. When you’re done catching yabbies watch out for that all-Aussie icon, the laughing Kookaburra.

I hate Kookaburras!

They wake me up at sparrow’s cough every morning and have a good laugh at me in the process.

There is nothing quite as raucous, tuneless, or rasping as a whole family of these overgrown kingfishers going for it at 5.30 am.

That aside, they’re not exactly pretty, give me a rainbow lorikeet or a galah any day, but kookaburras are ugly and generally look like they need a good wash.

They also steal your food and are quite brazen and fearless about it.

I once watched a lady eating chicken legs down in NSW. As she raised drumstick to lips, down came the chicken thief and snatched her lunch right from her mouth.

This weekend we have been camping up on Lake Tinaroo. This beady-eyed horror sat watching me cooking alfresco, just waiting for his chance to snatch our sausages from the hot barbecue. He never moved, just watched and waited with malicious intent. I outsmarted him this time, but I was on constant snag vigil.

I leave you with a charming little song that my children like to sing, I think you know the tune.

Kookaburra sits on the electric wire

Jumping up and down ‘cos his bum’s on fire

Laugh Kookaburra laugh….

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

3 thoughts on “Kookaburra Sausage Snatchers, Lake Tinaroo Wildlife”

  1. Here are the real words Sonja-

    Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
    Merry merry king of the bush is he
    Laugh Kookaburra laugh
    Gay you life must be.

    I think I like the kids’ version better.
    Thanks for visiting Sonja!

  2. I know the song, of course, but I guess I never listened to the words well enough to realize the kookaburra was a bird! And a nasty little creature no less!


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