The Kookaburra (part of the Kingfisher family) lives in woodlands and open forest and like to eat snakes, lizards, insects and our barbecue. We had 5 that visited us daily at our cabin and they were so friendly.
Those who have lived in the Australia countryside/bush would know the distinct sound that they make - the Kookaburra "laughs" at dawn and it is a beautiful sound - they don't make the laughing sounds at any other time of the day.
According to an Aboriginal legend, the kookaburra's famous chorus of laughter every morning is a signal for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth by day. Click here to hear the sound of their laughing: http://www.soundboard.com/sb/kookaburra_sound_clips.aspx
Sitting on the barbeque having a chat.
When the owners first bought the property they noticed the lack of birds and thought this was odd. After a few months they discovered traps and someone was catching all the birds (maybe to sell). Once the traps were removed the birds started to slowly return and have become very friendly.
Another chat in the evening. When you spoke to them they would move their tails up and down - hard to know what they were "thinking".
Just as we were about to leave, these 3 Kookaburra arrived it was almost as if they were also saying their goodbyes.