Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kookuburra

I took a photo of this sweet bird at the Reston Zoo a few weeks ago.  It is a dream of mine to see one in its own habitat one day.



The Kookaburra
~Frank Halliwell~

They congregate at break of day,
When night is almost done,
For a joyous benediction
To the rising of the sun.

And once again come evening,
When the western sky so bright,
Surrenders all its duties
To the velvet cloak of night.

I'd like someone to explain to me,
Before I turn to clay
'Cause I've never heard that cackle
In the middle of the day.

Why they sometimes start at 4 AM
And wake me with a fright,
To join with them, to celebrate
The middle of the night.

34 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I love them. We quite regularly hear them, but rarely see them. And they kill and eat snakes which gives them added charm in my eyes.

Linda said...

Denise, this is a gorgeous photo and a lovely poem. I love the sound this bird makes! I haven't heard it live but in videos and it is infectious. :)

Kay said...

I remember seeing Kookaburras in Australia several years ago. I was surprised they were so big. I kept thinking of the song, "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree..."

Ginny said...

I love love love this poem!! Did you write it? It is excellent. And what a wonderful picture! How on earth did you get him to pose for you? I am a birdwatcher, so this is a wonderful surprise!

Linda said...

What a neat bird! We don't have them here in the states.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shot. when I was in Astralia I saw a lot of them adnI could make their call which was funny when they called me back.

Cloudia said...

Great laughers, like their cousin the loon







The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir



ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=


Valerie said...

As a youngster I used to think the kookaburra was a fictitious bird - it is lovely to see a picture of a real one.

Linda P. said...

Great shot, Denise. The kookaburra has a sweet expression. It would be lovely to see one in the wild so hope you manage to get to Australia one day. Do you know that song about the kookaburra? We used to sing it in a round at school and during camping trips.

Haddock said...

How perfectly the upper and lower beak match.
Reminds me of that song . .......

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shot! Enjoy your day!

Anna said...

a children's song goes: Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, Merry merry King of the bush is he, Laugh Kookaburra Laugh...
The baby ones have to learn to laugh and its a bit of a giggle to listen to them having lessons :)

Sandra said...

i would love to see one anywhere. i have only seen photos.. and i love the poem... we have a cardinal that we could use this poem for..

Linda Kay said...

Such a cute bird, and the poem is fun as well.

TexWisGirl said...

they are such neat birds.

William Kendall said...

It is quite a beautiful bird!

Red said...

I'm with you. I'd like to see this bird some day.

colleen said...

All I can think of is the kookaburra song we learned in elementary school ... Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be!

pattisjarrett said...

The poem is so descriptive, it makes one want to experience it. They are awfully cute!

Stephanie said...

Neat bird. I don't think I have ever seen one like this before.

Mimsie said...

In Perth we don't seem to see as many kookaburras as we once did, more's the pity. I think our huge urban sprawl is responsible for less birds being seen, parrots as well. Their habitat is being destroyed.
By the way you DO hear them during daylight hours and I always love to listen to their laugh. Everyone always likes to try to mimic them and it's really quite easy.

Vagabonde said...

Your photo is very clear and shows the bird so well. I had never heard about those birds until I saw one on an Australian blog. I heard they like meat, and will catch even goldfishes in ponds or eat barbecue meat. I’d love to see one up close.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Denise,
Great beak and a lovely poem!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photo ...

Lovely poem ...

I hope you do get to see a Kookaburra, in its own habitat.

All the best Jan

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great image!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, they are cool birds. I would love to see them in the wild one day too. Enjoy your day!

Roy Norris said...

Hope you get the chance Denise.
Great header shot as well.

Tanya Breese said...

he's cute...i like the name kookaburra!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Second attempt to leave a comment. Yes, funny birds. Girl Scouts have a song about them, best sung around campfires. Nice photo.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I actually went online to hear what this amazing bird sounds like. It has a joyful catchy cackle that could border on maniacal laughter, I thought, if I were to hear it in the middle of the night. :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I have always wanted to hear and see one! Interesting birds - love the poem. xo Karen

Rose said...

I love that shot, and LOVE that poem...

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the poem. Heard of the bird, never seen one though.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Me too Denise -- I would love to go to Australia. Love the ;poem.