Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - K for kookaburra


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

When I was teaching, this song which is a round, was a favourite with my young students.

The kookaburra photographed is however the only one I have ever seen in the wild. I took the photo in 2006 while on a cycling trip in the Grampians in Victoria.

Kookaburras belong to the kingfisher family and are native to Australia and New Guinea. They have a distinctive call; click here to hear it. (mp3 file - NSW Government site)
To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

32 comments:

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Fantastic photo! And a nice poem too. My daugther has photos on the Kookaburra too to day:)

Katney said...

We sang that as a camp song when I was young and we had many verses to it.

Kookaburra sits on an old fence rail,
Getting splinters in his tail.
Cry, Kookaburra, Cry Kookaburra,
Sad your life must be.

Gordon said...

Katney - We sang other verses too; and I used to get my students to make up their own variations too. Unfortunately I can't remember any of them.

ellen b. said...

That was one of my favorite songs in grade school too. I still sing it when I drive past all our eucalyptus trees here...

sianiworld said...

Wow - that's a fabulous pic of a very pretty bird. Lucky you. All I ever manage to snap shots of are sparrows. Happy Wednesday!

Autumn said...

What a great photo. I don't think I have ever seen a bird like that

Lynette said...

We sang this wonderful song in elementary school in Mississippi! I love this photo. Thanks.

ArneA said...

In the beginning I thought it was children laughing in that call. Never heard that in Norway, but as an urban citizen it may be natural reasons for that.

leslie said...

Well, of COURSE you should do "kookabura" cuz it's such a fun bird and song. We used to sing it when I was a kid in school. :D

alicesg said...

Oh lovely and cute kookaburra. I remembered the kookaburra's song. We sang different country songs when I was young.

Liz said...

I saw a kingfisher recently and that was wonderful. You don't see those often either. Lovely photo.

Anne-Berit said...

Lovely photo,and a beautiful bird.Love the "song"too.Great K-post.Have a nice day:o)

Truls said...

What a nice bird. Never seen it before. Have you seen my posted animal before? See my ABC wednesday here.

Randi said...

wow...what a great photo!!and a good K.
Thanks for your nice comment on my kitchen...too day it is a BIG mess. The photo is from last year...:))

Have a nice day

RuneE said...

Interesting - always something new to be learned at AMCW

Ackworth Born said...

It does look like a big kingfisher - do they fly as fast as kingfishers?

PS the plural of haiku is haiku.

Blue said...

I too like rhymes, & how lovely to have one for your K.

Donna said...

So That's the sound that you hear in all these "jungle" movies!!LOL...Finally I know the name of the bird to go with the sound!! Thanks Gordon!!hugs

Dirty Knees said...

Am I the only one who never sang that song? Hmmm. Thank goodess for blogging! You can learn so much. Thanks for introducing me to kookaburra. ;-)

My K post:

http://catch-a-falling-star24.blogspot.com/

DeeMom said...

Beautiful picture of the Kookaburra.

I remember that song as well.

John said...

Very good shot Gordon!
Good post for K.

K. alias Bear-Mom said...

so lovely:)

Andrea said...

Looks like ruffled feathers on his little head. Great capture of a pretty bird.

Hanne Cecilie said...

Great photograph. Nice to see someone else who have the Kookaburra. But my Kookaburra is on coins :)

Petunia said...

Cute little guy! Do you know if this bid is in the same family as the icebird?
Great post!

Paulie said...

Oh yes! Sang that song as a Girl Scout and taught it as a Girl Scout leader. I have to admit that I never saw a photo of it before tho.

Miss_Yves said...

I didn't know this bird..And now, I know its call!
miss Yves

Suburbia said...

I love the look of these birds they have a appealing shape!
However when my children sing the song they never know when to stop!! It's in my head now!

Helena said...

Love it! They always remind me of the Kingfishers we get here in the UK.

Sharon said...

Great K post! The picture is wonderful. I also remember learning this song in greds school when I lived in California! Fond memories you have stirred up with everyone.

Neva said...

I have not seen one of these before.

Gordon said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I am surprised at the extent to which this song is known in countries outside of Australia; but then it is a catchy little number.