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Kirkcudbright kookaburra goes global thanks to wildlife photographer

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The Kirkcudbright kookaburra is giving the wee Kirkcudbright Centipede a run for its money in the fame stakes. The birds are native to Australia but have been spotted around the town in recent months after escaping from their home at the former Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park.

And now their fame is going global after being captured by photographer Wildlife With Cookie. James Cooke, who is behind the social media accounts, said: “I’ve known about them for a long time as people see them and post about them on Facebook and I decided now was the time to investigate and see what’s going on.

One of the aims I have is to show people the stuff we have in the UK that shouldn’t be there. “The kookaburra is in the long list – there’s wallabies in Loch Lomond and we have some in England in a secret locations. “The people of Kirkcudbright were unbelievable, they were the nicest people. “I was there three times and had a great time.

The people were lovely, so helpful and enthusiastic on my search for the kookaburra.” James made the five hour trip from Leamington Spa to try to photograph the birds – but described his search as “an absolute nightmare”, with the kookaburra unhelpfully not sitting on the old gum tree.

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