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Monday, 18 February 2008

Best Shot Monday: Kookaburra sits in the old gumtree...


Not a particularly good shot today but we heard this screeching and cawing outside and looked out the kitchen window to see not one but TWO kookaburras sitting on our pool fence! They seemed to be having a conversation without the usual cackling laughter one usually associates with this iconic bird.

I called for Himself and snuck outside with the PAS while he went for the DSLR with the biiiiig lens. I couldn't get too close so I had to shoot this with digital zoom and as such I was pleasantly surprised by the result.

Here's another one which is not technically v good either but he just looks so funny sitting there on our sail.



Of course, Himself got the big lens onto them and shot some things like this. Which is just showing off really.














Even after being back for 5 years, I still get excited by koalas in the gums around our place, or the sight of a pair of kookaburras!


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21 comments:

Bonnie said...

Oh how beautiful. I love the kookaburras too. We get them in the yard sometimes but I don't have a DSLR so can never get close enough ! I have taken some good photos of them at the Australia Zoo though ... really pretty !!

Brittany said...

laugh kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra... Gay your life must be!

My sisters and I used to sing this when we were little... haha.

Beautiful shots! I wish we had kookaburras just flying around here! I'm lucky if I get to see a sparrow. haha

chaoticfamily said...

Oh they are so pretty. How wonderful to have such an exotic bird (to me) in your backyard.

Arizaphale said...

They still seem exotic to me too!!!

Maggie said...

I blame you for the fact that I am sitting here singing that song over and over and over again. But until today I don't know that I had ever seen an actual kookaburra! That's so cool that you had some in your backyard -- great shots and thanks for sharing!

justjessie said...

How cool! Do you really see koalas in the trees around your house?! My son would freak out over that. He is in love with koalas right now.

Mandaroo said...

I too, love birdwatching and get excited when I see something different, but a Kookaburra, Wow! Now that's really exciting! Great photos!

Andi said...

Thank you for allowing me to see something I have always wanted to see! When the daughter was little we, too, sang that sweet song about the kookaburra...what a surprise to see them here. And koalas?! Honestly how amazing! It is such a treat to learn about the wildlife of other countires. Thanks for allowing all of us to share in such a special post.

Christina said...

Kookaburras! Just the name alone is enough to make me giddy! So exotic and just plain COOL!

Anna said...

merry, merry king of the bush is HE...

I had to grab Will and show him a real kookaburra, since we sing that song all the time!

We also have another about "down under" and wombats...who knew we were so musically versed in Australia?

kim said...

That's pretty cool! Wish we had kookaburra's - but all we have is the song.

Dawn said...

I love the kookaburra pictures!!

Thanks for all your thoughtful and kind comments this weekend. It was great to see your name splashed across my blog! You are the greatest, and the coolest Aussie I know.

susiej.com said...

So tell me, do you have fall? Are the leaves beginning to turn? Have the temps dropped?

Pretty, pretty shot.

Golightly said...

Eating all the gumdrops he can see...

I also LOVED that song as a kid and sing it to Harrison. What fun, you have kookaburras in your backyard!

You asked if dear husband worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain (some time back - it feels.) Yes, he does, he is outside contractor that provide entertainment for Corporate parties. He loves his job.

Stacy said...

Oh, what fun! Those are some interesting looking birds. I would definitely be excited by seeing them. Nice shots!

Chris in Oxford said...

merry, merry king of the bush is he. Laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra. Gay your life must be.

I have no idea how I know that song. But if they test me on Australian songs for my immigration application I'll do brilliantly.

Oh, great pictures by the way!

Blueberry and the Bean said...

love the kookaburras!! it is always nice to see wildlife right up close in your own yard. i've seen one before- but i don't think viewing it in the zoo is anywhere near as exciting! :)

Blogseyeman said...

Private: Barry from Cairns told me that Mudderfugg is finally in gaol for rape in WA.

carrie said...

Em was sitting next to me when I opened this page and she was so excited to see a Kookaburra! We used to sing the song all the time, but I am not sure we have ever seen one up so close - very cool!

Strange Scottish Girl said...

just wanted to say I read the underwhelmed post-

hahahahhahah ... hahahahhahahahah!
I thought you were funny and I thought the girl sounded 'like, you know, american, like' and who puts a pic of themselves in a bra as their profile unless they love themselves? Anyways good stuff been going on while I'm away hope to catch up with it all soon! I had tears in my eyes too watching just the excerpt of the 'sorry' speech on the news while in Oz, I hope it was covered in the news elsewhere in the world.

Strange Scottish Girl said...

and I know this song too! that's cos my mum has an australian friend and her kids used to sing this song, there are more verses, right?