AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Love the Kookaburra

A kookaburra family regularly visits my Mornington Peninsula world.
Such friendly, knowing little characters.
The kookaburra (also known as laughing jackass) is part of the kingfisher family and is native to Australia and New Guinea.

Knowing character
The kookaburra magic
Reaches the spirit

So what is a friend
One who sings the earth for you
Echo of beauty

Linking to:
The Bird D'Pot
Camera Critters
Carry on Tuesday ~ What is a friend
One Single Impression ~ Echo
Poetry Pantry ~ Poets United


Kerri Farley said...

What a Cool bird!

Sylvia K said...

I've heard about kookaburra birds for years, but this is the first picture I think I've seen of one! I love it! Wonderful capture for the day, Gemma!

Lighthousegal said...

What a cute bird. It's profile picture is so adorable. I love seeing birds from other places.
Happy Sunday!

Chubskulit Rose said...

You made me sing the kookaburra song lol. I have never seen one like this in person. They're gorgeous. Visiting from Camera Critters.

Green Bug
Have a great weekend.

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Laura Maria said...

Beautiful poem!

NatureFootstep said...

who would not love this fellow? Now it is on my wishlist. :)
I did not know it belonged to the Kingfishers. It seem much bigger then them.

Vores have said...

WAU - where some great pictures you show :)
Hanne Bente

Jinksy said...

'Sining the Earth' sounds good to me. :)

Anni said... I WANT them HERE too!! I LOVE these. Wondering just how I can convince someone to stash them on a ship bound for Texas as a stow-away, and release them in our area.

Sweet, sweet!!! Excellent photos Gemma.

Thanks again, for linking up at the Bird D'Pot weekend meme!!

kaykuala said...

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 remember this song sung by an Aussie trained teacher in a class of 9 year-olds. I was one of them many years ago! We used to wonder how such a bird looked like then. Thanks for sharing Gemma!


Mary said...

Love the photos AND the poem!! Used to sing "Kookaburra sits on an old gum tree" when I was a kid, when I really did not know there really WAS such a bird.

Unknown said...

Wow, he's a handsome fellow. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Lorna Cahall said...

Fine photos and a really heartfelt poem. Now we all love them!

Anonymous said...

Based on the photo, I believe it knows character...

ScottlB said...

Great picture and poem love nature shots

Adam Jones said...

What a cracking bird and wonderful shot.

theconstantwalker said...

Fantastic images of a wonderful little bird Gemma..

Anonymous said...

Wonderful shots of this handsome bird. I'm singing the song now, too!
Your poem is beautiful.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh what a cutie, and now I know what a kookaburra bird looks like. Love your poem!

Daydreamer said...

Ahhh...we used to sing the kookaburra song at school as a roundelay.
It's a beautiful bird and you are blessed to have them.
Your poem is lovely.

joanne said...

I just remembered a song we sung in 2nd or 3rd grade:

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh kookaburra laugh kookaburra
Save some gum for me

Ever hear that one? From the first, I thought these birds were the coolest!

Belva Rae Staples said...

I love the poem and the bird!

vivinfrance said...

How ingenious you are to cover so many prompts with this one sweet poem.

Unknown said...

Fun to see the photos and the references. I live in the Sonora Desert, so Kookaburra is completely foreign to me. Lovely write.

Valerie said...

A marvellous capture, Gemma - wonderful detail. (We've both chosen Australian "natives" for our post this week. Have a great one!)



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