I just saw a kookaburra grab a goldfish from the bottom fishpond. The more fish the kookaburras take, the worse the mosquitos will be. Between the kookaburras and the night herons, we are lucky to have a couple of fish left in that pond. The frogs have all been eaten and I’m ready to give up on the pond. There is plenty of cover for the fish to hide but those birds have such sharp eyes.
A few weeks ago, before the kookaburras came, we could see the fish enjoying basking in the sunny spots in the pond. We had managed to trick the night heron (Nankeen) by stringing a tripwire around the top pond. Neighbourhood cats managed to break the tripwire and I also broke it when I was cutting back one of the shrubs right on the edge of the water. The breaks were all fixed up and the top pond seems to have a few fish left.
We don’t really want to buy more goldfish for the kookaburras to eat! Expensive food for these pests. You may not know this, but kookaburras are not native to Western Australia and were brought here from the Eastern States because they are so ‘iconic’ to Australia. They wreak havoc on the small wrens and other small birds, raiding their nests and so on.