Australia birds: Ibis in central Sydney’s Darling Harbour region.
A Kookaburra on a Sydney tree, laughing quietly.
Kookaburras are a kind of kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea which make a call that sounds uncannily like distant human laughter. Unlike the true kingfisher they don’t necessarily live near water, preferring forest, open plains or suburban areas with tall trees.
Kookaburras look incredibly cute but are actually brutally carnivorous and will eat the young of other birds, insects and small animals.
A Cassowary with chick, Casuarius casuarius, photographed in Queensland by Dan Gordon.