A member of the public brought
me the first of 3 Kookaburra nestling
after he had fallen from his nest hollow near the racecourse at Casino.
The tree was tall, spindly and full of white ants. He weighed 278 grams
and was covered in the largest pin feathers I had ever seen! Three days
later his sibling also fell (288 grams) and then a third who unfortunately
didn't’t survive the fall.
I kept them in a substitute nest hollow made from a cardboard box and
once they felt safe started to feed voraciously. The larger kookaburra
was always more aggressive and ate more than his brother.
After two weeks both left the nest and were perching well, even grabbing
and banging their food.
Then began the process of reuniting them with their parents. I took
them to the racecourse in a large cage and hung it in a tree, then returned
throughout the day to feed them. I brought them home at night for fear
of predators trying to get them. The parents were around at times. After
the forth day the parents were sitting on the cage and feeding the chicks
through the wire, so I opened the cage.
They were observed over the next few days sitting together high in a
tree, with the parents around.
We are having a nest box made and will attach it to a more suitable
tree, so hopefully next breeding season their young will be safe.