Its thanks to a good camera the kookaburra pics have come out as they have. I only have to point, fiddle with the zoom a bit and shoot. Hubby bought himself a new one a while back and liked it so much, he bought the newer version when it came out 6 months later I steal it from his desk when he is otherwise distracted and go plant myself out amongst the gum trees for a while and wait patiently for the kookaburras to come down to feed. Seems this patch this time of year is abundant with worms and bugs for them I'll only go there if I notice them earlier in passing or I try in the morning or early evening when they seem to appear. I'd love to say I'm hiding in the bushes but no, I sit out in the open as they are used to me enough now to not mind me being there. Also the female will let me get right up close if she is sitting on lower branches or on the ground and doesn't mind me being a foot or two away from her. Which is pretty blooming incredible and I feel very lucky she doesn't object or fly off.
Lots of the other pics are taken on my phone when I am in the garden or out and about. When we saw a brown snake a while back, my son piped up afterwards "Did you get a picture of it Mummy?" and I was all and and and told him snapping a pic on my phone had been the LAST thing on my mind .
I love being so close to all this wildlife. I know when we were down in Glenelg living we saw plenty of birds, the odd lizard if we were lucky and some great fish in and around the jetty when in the water, but this is a whole other level up here. We'd never see a koala or a roo down there. Being so close to open countryside makes the difference I think. So many trails, fields and native trees around, the wildlife has lots to play in. Also less people, traffic and so on makes a difference.