AN Australian bird believed to have been flying free in Huddersfield for about a year is back behind bars.
Amazed Examiner readers had spotted the kookaburra across Huddersfield since May last year in places as diverse as Almondbury, Fenay Bridge, Lockwood, Slaithwaite, Lepton, Skelmanthorpe and Hade Edge.
And recently there was a sighting in Silkstone, near Barnsley.
But the exotic bird was spotted in a derelict mill off Woodhead Road, Lockwood, on Tuesday morning.
RSPCA animal collection officer Kevin Haldenby went to investigate and found the bird inside.
He said: "I reckon he had flown in chasing a pigeon, then couldn't find his way back out.
"I chased him around for quite a while and eventually managed to catch him in a net."
Kevin, 32, said the kookaburra looked well.
"There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with him," he said.
"It looks like he has been feeding well and seems in very good condition. His weight is good and he has plenty of energy."
There is a rubber ring on the bird's leg with a number on it registered with The Parrot Society.
Inquiries have begun to trace the owner.
The kookaburra has a white chest, brown wings with bluey flecks on them, a brown line around its eyes, a brown head and black beak.
It is the most unusual bird Kevin has had to catch - but not the strangest animal.
He had to catch an albino wallaby and then trace its owner.
"I don't know what it is with me and Australian animals," he said.
Anyone who knows who the kookaburra's owner is should phone the RSPCA on 08705 555999.