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Monday, February 20, 2017


Kookaburras, cockatoos, parrots and emus are some of the well known Australian birds. The first 3 can be seen in suburban areas and in the last few months we've noticed that there seem to be more kookaburras around. These iconic birds are sometimes called 'laughing jackasses' as that is what the early white settlers thought their call was like. Here is a You Tube video of a kookaburra laughing.

In the last week or so we've had kookaburras sitting on our veranda railing...

Sitting on the side fence...

They have been sitting on the clothes line...completely ignoring the noisy miner bird ( a pesky bird that likes to swoop on other birds) and the magpies at ground level.
This photo was taken last week and the hot weather we've had and are still having is rather evident. We've had some rain since then so the brown patch has greened up somewhat.

And today we had a kooka sitting on the BBQ which is at one end of our side photo of him/her there but then the kookaburra flew to the clothesline which is a favourite spot of many birds that visit the garden...but today was special! The wind was blowing so the rotary clothes line started the bird was having a ride on the clothes line just like heaps of Aussie children have done over the years! 😆

And DH filmed it!
After a lot of mucking around I think I've finally got a link to that video that might actually work! The link will go to my Box account where I store a lot of documents. Often when people ask me for a knitting pattern, I send them a link to my Box account as I have a few knitting files in it. So here is the link to the cute video of a kookaburra having a ride on our clothesline! lol
Because it is a mp4 file it does need to download...hope it works!!


Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Maria, well what an absolute treat for you to have the Kookaburra in your garden!
That's so nice too that he's not worried away by the other birds.
Thanks for organising the video, it downloaded well and was lovely to watch. Have fun with your new friend.
Cheerio for now :D)

Kate said...

Maria, such a fun post - I enjoyed hearing the kookaburra and watching it having a bit of a spin on the clothesline ... I hope it was well behaved and didn't soil your clothes. :D It must be very entertaining to have these birds hanging around. It was interesting to see that you have magpies there - we have them here as well.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh wow. You KNOW I love BIRDS!! This was a great post. The only thing I knew of the Kookaburra was what I heard in a childhood song. I never knew there was a reason for the line in the song telling the bird to laugh!! Cool.
xx, Carol

Michelle Ridgway said...

It is such a treat to have wild birds visit the garden. Love the Kookas....lucky you xxx

Vireya said...

A couple of years back I met up with an internet friend from the US, and when I pointed out a kookaburra to her she said she knew the song from school, BUT she didn't know that a kookaburra was a bird! So it is interesting seeing Carol's comment that she didn't know why the song mentioned laughing. You would think that teachers might have done a bit of explaining of the song when teaching it to kids.

Jackie said...

I love seeing birds in the yard. I remember a song we learned in choir many years ago. It was sung as a round.

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry, king of the bush is he.
Laugh Kookaburra laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be.

I need to go and watch your video now.

God bless.

Cynthia said...

I immediately thOught of the kookaburra song, too! We sang it at summer camp and I was an adult before I knew what a kookaburra looked like. How fortunate to have them in the garden. I couldn't work the video of the one going around on your clothes dryer but I am seeing him in my imagination!