Posted by: Bruce | March 3, 2019

An Australian Kookaburra

A little while ago I had returned home and started onto the driveway when I noticed a Kookaburra sitting on our side fence not many metres away. My camera was handy and I hoped the bird wouldn’t spook.

It didn’t. I took a few shots, willing it to ‘chin up and chest out’. Luckily it did; it was carefully watching two smaller birds about to bomb it. The hassled Kookaburra flew off  but I caught one chin up shot and this is it.

IMGP7807 (2) by BBH

Australian Kookaburra

The Kookaburra is native to Australia and New Guinea and is a terrestrial tree kingfisher that grow to about 42cms. They also ‘laugh’ and can be a little aggressive. I was once dive bombed when shore fishing. One went for the old raw prawn about to be pinned on a hook and cast into the depths of Lake Macquarie. It missed the prawn in my fingers but surprised me big time, almost unbalancing myself and rod into the water.

While most Aussies will be bored with this info, I thought others might like a photo (not in a gumtree) and video to hear the laugh of a Kookaburra. Others being readers outside of Australia.

IMGP7807 (3) by BBH

Australian Kookaburra a little closer for detail.

And this video starts a little rough but is good entertainment;

While on YouTube I was reminded of a copyright court case (2009) against Aussie band Men at Work and their song Down Under from 1981. They were found to have infringed the kids rhyme of Kookaburra.

Also, I found that many of the videos lyrics included variations and verses referring to monkeys in the gum tree. Bit odd considering Australia doesn’t have monkeys. Songfacts.com have only two verses as do one or two others. How did monkeys enter the scene when it was written by Australian Marion Sinclair?

https://www.songfacts.com/lyrics/marion-sinclair/kookaburra

And that’s the end of the story.

Words for today:    Kids rhymes – Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel


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