Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kookaburra

Kookaburras are an Australian native bird. They have the best call. It sounds like a laugh. Unfortunately because of unauthorised feeding, these birds will dive bomb any unsuspecting picnickers in the Royal National Park and steal food from fingers.

Have you heard the call of a kookaburra? Do you know of other creatures with an unusual cry? Do you have a favourite native bird?

Note: For the month of April during the A-Z Challenge I am pausing from my usual blogging theme of writing and social media tips. Instead I hope to share with you my photography. Much of it is inspired by the fabulous and helpful site, The Bookshelf Muse. Please check it out and enjoy.

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35 comments:

Sarah Tokeley said...

I've heard of Kookaburras - I seem to remember there was a song about them - but I have no idea what they sound like :-)

Aldrea Alien said...

I have not heard kookaburra first hand. I've seen and heard them on TV though.
My favourite bird has to be the Tui. Hearing them singing is just amazing, they've quite a range.

Denise Covey said...

Congrats Lynda for just passing 1000 followers. That's quite a milestone! It makes you one of the big players, whatever that means!

I love the kookaburra and the laugh is pure joy. Did you know this is one bird the aboriginals are forbidden to hunt (their own laws) as they believe it is bad luck to kill a kookaburra.

Denise

Theresa Milstein said...

My son learned about the kookaburra in school, and went through a phase where he said it all the time because he though the word was funny.

Nick Wilford said...

I saw them in zoos when I was in Australia, but I cannot recall seeing one in the wild. Yes, the call is brilliant - you could consider putting a sound clip or video up for those who haven't heard it, Lynda!

Betty Alark said...

Great photo, Lynda!

What an interesting looking bird! Don't think I'd like to be passing by it while eating-lol.

No,I've never heard its call. The sound of birds chirping is my wake up call some mornings! One sound that I enjoy hearing if that of the owl!

Enjoy the day!


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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Steal from your fingers? Now that's funny.

Laura Pauling said...

Nice to finally see one of those birds. All I can think of is the Kookaburra song sitting in the old gum tree. Not that I know what a gum tree is either!

Kyra Lennon said...

I've only heard the sound of a Kookaburra on TV, but I'd love to hear it for real.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww it's a beautiful stunning bird!! Beautiful!!

I am very partial to the common garden Blackbird here in the UK. The moment I hear its song, I know it's spring! When they stop singing, it's winter!

Take care
x

writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

Seagulls here do that here, dive down to take food from your hand.

Unknown said...

I've heard of them but never seen one. Thanks for the pics. Here in Mexico we have a lot of wild green parrots. Those are sight to see flying around.

DEZMOND said...

poor birdie, having such a crazy name :)

Luanne G. Smith said...

When I was little my mom used to sing us the Kookaburra song before bed. It's one of my favorite memories of her.

Tonja said...

I think the song was repeated on Barney and Friends. Now it's going to be in my head all day. Uggh.

J.L. Campbell said...

I haven't ever heard the call of this bird, but I have heard the name.

Bish Denham said...

Okay, I grew up in the Caribbean and I can still remember the words to a song my sister and I used to sing:

Kookaburra lives in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the roost is he
Laugh, kookaburra
Laugh, kookaburra
Gay your life must be

S. L. Hennessy said...

That always makes me think of that song "Kookaburras live in the old gum tree..."

Weaver said...

I immediately started singing the song in my head! Great word.

Suze said...

Divebombing birds. That'd freak me out a little, I think.

Mark said...

Wow, I never knew that. Woodpeckers make some unusual sounds in a forest, but I can't think of anything particularly odd I ever heard forma bird before.

Jemi Fraser said...

"Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree..." - such a fun song!

We have dive bombing seagulls around here :)

Loree Huebner said...

Love the Kookaburra! I remember the song. This is the first time I've seen one.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

hahahaha! Yep! That's the one!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I love the oriole. I bribe it to my deck with grape jelly. I'm thinking of the Kookaburra song right now.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe the Kiikaburra should be called the Cookooburra.

Golden Eagle said...

Some eagles can have pretty strange cries--the Congo Serpent Eagle sounds like a cat:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/browse.php?query=congo+serpent+eagle

Joanne said...

We have the Tui in NZ - they have an amazing range of sounds, like an orchestra. Really beautiful to wake up to.

kjmckendry said...

My grandpa always used to sing me a song that went, "kookaburra sittin' in the old gum tree...." I don't know what the name of it was, but I loved it. Thanks for making me remember!

T. Roger Thomas said...

I haven't made it to Australia yet to see a kookaburra in person. Hopefully someday I'll have the chance to do so.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have heard about the Kookaburras. I would like to see one, maybe I will visit Australia someday.

Charlotte Brentwood said...

I've seen a few kookaburras in Australia, but I've heard many more! My favourite would be the New Zealand native fantail. Not only are they beautiful with an adorable tweet... they flit about the bush like little dancing sprites. It's always a special moment when you see them.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_69cH43tMXQA/SkIRggajJgI/AAAAAAAAAoM/FHNImWaNKSg/s400/Fantail+on+Flax.jpg

Jarm Del Boccio said...

No wonder they laugh so loudly! I've often thought that filmmakers use the kookaburra's call in jungle scenes, which doesn't fit at all. I've visited Sydney twice in the late 80's and early 90's, and tried to immigrate, but did not have enough "points". Sure do love your country!

Anonymous said...

I've heard of the Kookaburra. Never heard its call. We used to sing the Kookaburra song quite often. Now I've got that song running through my mind, LOL.

Susanne
PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

Fairview said...

Kookaburra is such a great name. Like Bibimbap (korean rice and meat dish). Love it. Kookaburra having some Bibimbap