"'Annabel Ashworth'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'" <>
"Philip Veerman" <>
Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:03:10 +1000
Probably no territorial friction, because from what you saw, it is likely
they are all part of one group. Very likely an extended family and
advertising their ownership against other possible groups. As for "if there
might have been a snake or goanna in it" well that may be correct.
On Behalf Of Annabel
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Saw a "Communal Laugh-in" by kookaburras the other day near Tamworth NSW.
A pair started laughing down by the river, and kookaburras came to join them
from all directions. Must have ended up with about 10 birds. They
alternated between flying around in circles and perching to have a laugh.
There were up to 5 birds flying at any one time. There didn't appear to
be any territorial friction, although one pair was investigating a hollow.
They kept jumping back from it, so I wondered if there might have been a
snake or goanna in it. Had all the other birds come to support those two?
That tree was the centre of the performance.
The whole thing went on for ages and I am wondering if anyone has any
suggestions as to what was happening?
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