Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Birds

If I could be a bird...I would have chosen to be a kookaburra,... because they enjoy a good laugh.

On Saturday morning I was blessed to capture this family of three, sitting in our huge pine tree out back.
They had just finished a chorus of laughter.
Usually a family of crows claim this tree as their abode. However, the kookaburra is King of the Bush, just as we used to sing in that song at 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

So, when the Kookaburra lays their claim somewhere, the other birds move away.
Being a Pine, and not a eucalyptus (gum) tree though, does make a difference.  
Because Kookaburras like to make their homes in a hole, way up in a gum tree.
Those crows almost drove me crazy with their cawing all day long.
Since the kookaburra's have been flying in, I haven't had to put up with the crows.
Instead, every now and then the laughing birds put on a cackling cresendo.

That sound always picks my spirits UP when I am feeling low.
AND... they keep the snakes away.  

36 comments:

  1. I would love to see a kookaburra one day. That song was one of the first I remember learning so many years ago~

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    1. I was amazed to hear the song was taught in the U.S.

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  2. We had a kookaburra bump into our front window a few weeks ago, it was ok and afterwards just sat for a while on a branch of the jacaranda tree looking at us. Several times since, it has come back to the same branch and just sat there, looking at us again. I do like the idea of their presence scaring the snakes away! I hope you have a lovely week Crystal.

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    1. Hello Carol, maybe its giving you a hint to feed it?? You have a lovely week also.

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  3. My wife would like birds that keep snakes away!

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  4. That must be a universal song. I remember singing it at camp as a kid in the States. - Margy

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    1. Its an Australian song, and its amazing that children in another land learn it. Oz is the only country that they live in.

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  5. You must send them to me sis so that they can sing to me too:) Anyway, this is the first time I saw such beautiful birds and what a nice songs that was made for them. wish a nice day with them:)

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  6. I've never heard or seen your beautiful birds. I think its too cold in the Netherlands for this pretty bird. Here in our land I like the Dutch robin. Its a lovely bird and it overwinters here in our country. It is not migratory and when there is snow, its so nice to see a robin, because its orange-red belly makes me think of the sun. But I also love your beautiful bird :-)

    Knuffel/big hug

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    1. Every country is blessed to have birds to bring them joy. x

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  7. Wish I could see a kookaburra--I learned the song when I was in girl scouts. This morning I was in my office early and heard what sounded like a loud pop outside. Then something fell past my window. I looked out and there was a bird on my outside window sill--what looked like a baby bird. I was later telling one of the women about it and she came up to see. I moved the plant which must have startled it so that it flew or fell. We went outside to see if it was all right but there was no sign of it. I came to the conclusion that maybe it was learning to fly and when I startled it the little fellow suddenly got quite good at this new skill!

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    1. I hope it flew off safely. It would be harder to learn to fly then to learn to walk.

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  8. What a great story of your birds. I like their sound and yet have only seen them in zoos.

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  9. I had never heard of the kookaburra's until my grandson - years ago - got into the Wiggles!!

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  10. Keeping snakes away is a good thing! And I would so enjoy the laughing and joyousness. They would make me grin, which is a good thing.

    Look forward to "visiting" you again. Try to be faithful, but too much on my plate presently.

    Bless you and yours.

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    1. Yes I have lots to do also.. Anyhow, we can only do what we can.No worries. Blessings to you.,

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  11. Hello dear Crystal Mary, so lovely to hear from you. Sorry I have been absent so long. I have been through a period of great depression which made everything an effort. I am feeling much better and I have a little puppy to love. I would love to hear your kookaburras. Anything that gives a smile is precious.
    Love June xxx

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  12. Hello dear Crystal,
    I love this post, sweetheart!
    It makes my heart smile when I see you writing a joyfull post.
    I have never heard of Kookaburra's until you introduced them to us.
    I would love to see them one day...
    Thank you, sweet Crystal for embracing the world with your love,
    and for expressing your kind thoughts and comments in my blogs!!
    Today is September 11th, a memorable day in the USA.
    God bless you, Crystal, and those you love!
    I really love to hear from you, my friend.
    Blessings & Warm Hugs,
    Poet Starry. (I am an animal lover & advocate. I love birds too!)

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    1. Starry you are a darling, much love sent to you.

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  13. Dear Crystal, I can remember singing that song many years ago. I never really knew what a kookaburra was, but now I've seen one, courtesy of your talent with a camera. Thank you. I'd love to hear one laugh. Peace.

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  14. I did not know they really laugh...I would be that kind of bird too if I were to be a bird:)

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  15. I remember the Kookaburra song...but have never heard the Kookaburra laugh.Even their name makes you smile. How fortunate to have them in your tree...You surely live in a wonderful land.

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    1. I loved the red headed wood pecker over there. We don't have them here..so you are blessed in a different way.

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  16. I learned something new here..Didn't know much about them..Blessings

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    1. I know you would write a wonderful poem about them Susie.

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  17. LOVE the birds... LOVE the song too!!
    And how regal do they look with their necks held all high and mighty.
    Yay.. for the kookaburras! I hope they stick around a long time, Crystal. :)

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