Merry Merry King of the Bush

I thought we were going to start to look at some real Australian bad things this week but I had forgotten about this fellow. How could I? When he’s such a laugh.

‘koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-kaa-kaa-kaa’

Have any of you read a “Where’s Wally” book? If you have, you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, it doesn’t matter. Here’s my version all the  same. Can you spot him? (It’s not Wally!)

Where's Kooky

Where's Kooky?

Somewhere in there is a kookaburra, did you see him? I think they are known for being difficult to spot. After all, they are part of the Kingfisher family. Take your time, he is there. Try picking him out before you get to the answer below.

A bit about the kookaburra.

The adults are believed to pair for life. When they have offspring, the families all stick together too. There is a theory that the sound that they make is so that all family members know where each other are. And that disappointed me a little bit because I thought the sound they all made was because one of them had just told a good joke.

This is what a kookaburra sounds like – well several actually.

Special thanks to Fred

They eat well, including insects, lizards and rodents in their diet. They also eat snakes. But only small ones. But what do small snakes become? So the kookaburra is welcome in my back garden.

I took the photo of the kookaburra hidden in the picture above during a visit to Tamborine Mountain. But they are also in my back garden, I hear them all the time – laughing! And why not? Their full name is the Laughing Kookaburra.

If you didn’t spot him, here he is….

Can You See Him?

Can You See Him?

I’ll get closer….

There!

There!

But they are probably most famous for that song……

“Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he  blah blah……..”

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I suggest you all go to this page on the NSW Government’s environment site, and scroll down to the link under “Family life” and download the This is what a kookaburra sounds like (MP3 – 400KB) from the link. You can save it to your hard drive and play it when ever you are feeling down. It lasts for one minute 43 seconds and is a slow starter. But turn your sound up and stick with it, you’ll love it!

And remember, if you move to Australia and live somewhere a little bit in the sticks, you will be able to delete it from your hard drive. Because that would be the sound in your back garden every morning and every evening. And you’ll never get sick of it.

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