Kookaburras and Nightwork

Subject: Kookaburras and Nightwork
From: Craig Williams <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 18:30:30 +1000
Hi folks,

Just a bird behaviour note: last night doing a hospital visit at about
8.00pm - John Hunter hospital grounds, near Newcastle - noticed a
Kookaburra exploiting the lighting in the hospital grounds, doing some
night feeding.  At first I thought it was a frogmouth as they're
ubiquitous in the area but shortly identified the bird as a KB.  Have
others noted Kookaburras exploiting human light regimes to good effect? 
I've heard them call at all sorts of hours - especially during breeding
- but have not been in a position to spot them actively feeding at

I'm researching nonhuman/human interactions and human "lightscapes" are
becoming increasingly prominent in my thinking.

for the birds, of the birds

Craig Williams

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