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Australian wildlife: How much can a kookaburra eat – this one downs a whole black duck duckling 


How much can this little guy eat? Incredible photos show kookaburra swallowing a duckling WHOLE in just 15 minutes

  • Greedy kookaburra grabbed a black duck duckling and flew off with it
  • Bird was caught on camera in Sydney backyard as it took 15 minutes to eat prey
  • Photographer said duckling was already dead when she saw it being devoured
  • Kookaburras are carnivorous and normally lives off small rodents and reptiles 


It was no laughing matter when this cheeky opportunistic kookaburra fancied a duck dinner in a suburban backyard.

The Aussie icon – famous for its crescendo chuckling-call – grabbed the baby duckling and flew to a perch in a Caringbah garden in Sydney‘s south.

But the terrestrial tree kingfisher had almost bitten off more than it could chew when it tackled the mighty duck mouthful for the camera.

The carnivorous bird – which normally feeds on small rodents and reptiles – took a staggering 15 minutes to spin the dead duckling round and swallow it headfirst.

It was no laughing matter when this cheeky opportunistic kookaburra fancied a duck dinner in a suburban backyard

The Aussie icon - famous for its crescendo chuckling-call - grabbed the baby duckling and flew to a perch in a Caringbah garden in Sydney's south

The Aussie icon – famous for its crescendo chuckling-call – grabbed the baby duckling and flew to a perch in a Caringbah garden in Sydney’s south

Photographer Helen Grant regularly snaps the feathered visitors to her back paddock and posts her beautiful pictures on social media.

Usually they are pixel perfect portraits of Australia’s stunning birdlife looking stunning in the sunshine, rather than these grim pics of the reality of life in the wild. 

Ms Grant said she would have tried to save the black duck duckling if it had still be alive, but it was dead when the kookaburra arrived. 

‘How much can a kookaburra eat? Well, a whole duckling in this case,’ she posted on Facebook. 

The terrestrial tree kingfisher had almost bitten off more than it could chew when it tackled the mighty duck mouthful for the camera.

The terrestrial tree kingfisher had almost bitten off more than it could chew when it tackled the mighty duck mouthful for the camera.

The carnivorous bird - which normally feeds on small rodents and reptiles - took a staggering 15 minutes to spin the dead duckling round and swallow it headfirst

The carnivorous bird – which normally feeds on small rodents and reptiles – took a staggering 15 minutes to spin the dead duckling round and swallow it headfirst

‘I would certainly have saved the chick if it were alive.’

She added: ‘There were 20 shots all up – taken late in the evening in dim light with a slow shutter speed – but only these tell the story and took 15 minutes to eat.’ 

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