Staying at Ninderry Manor B & B, Yandina, Qld
On our first Christmas here in 2013, we went to Yandina, which is in an area directly west of the Sunshine Coast in the countryside (Sunshine Coast Hinterland), where we were introduced to wildlife close up. We stayed in a cute B & B that offered wonderful breakfasts with gorgeous views eastward toward the ocean.
It was here that we were introduced to the Kookaburra. (They really do sit in the old gum trees. Find one in the tallest gum [Eucalyptus] tree on the left midway down.) The owners of Ninderry Manor fed these Kookaburras so they hung around in the expansive gardens and entertained the guests. Kookaburras are an iconic Australian bird, particularly well known in Queensland. The Kookaburra is part of the kingfisher family and is known for its loud human like maniacal laughter – “Heehee hahahaha”
Ed had the job of holding out some food so that the Kookaburra could swiftly fly by and grab the food out of his hand.
The Kookaburra was not the only interesting bird we saw here. We were amazed at the brightly colored Lorikeets, which feed on the sweet flowers of trees. Lorikeet are quite numerous here in Queensland – particularly in the countryside. At night they make an incredible amount of noise as they swoop into the trees to roost for the night.