Tuesday, August 30, 2011

'Laugh Kookaburra Laugh'.....!!


Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be...........Written by Marion Sinclair in 1932.

This cute little fella was sitting high in the trees as we passed through Perry Lakes on the home stretch of the City to Surf walk on Sunday (Laughing Kookaburra), I couldn't quite see if he had something in his beak or if it was just a little 'squiffy'.. I was hoping he would make the 'laughing' noise that they are so well known for so that I could include a video, but I think he was a bit 'taken aback' by the 40,000 people passing under his trees....!! The above is the first verse from a popular Australian nursery rhyme (words and music) which I think  is pretty well known all over the world..Hope everyone on the East Coast USA is recovering from Irene.....!

32 comments:

  1. We sang that one with a mixture of the lines from the different verses! Sure brought back memories.

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  2. He really is a cutie. Love that ruffled look.

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  3. You always post great photos of birds.

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  4. That's a great birdie shot, Grace! Bravo!
    I love that song - Kookaburra....

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  5. That song is so well known that when I arrived at your site and saw the title of your photo, I was already mentally singing "Kookabura sits in the old gum tree" before I ever scrolled down and saw that is exactly what you wrote. I learned those words when I was in grade school during my "gird scouts" years. I'm not sure why it has stuck with me all those years but, I could sing every word you wrote without having read it first. What fun to see this guy watching the race.

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  6. I meant "girl scouts". Too late at night, I can't type.

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  7. What a fabulous jewel of a photo!

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  8. Well done getting the bird to pose for you!

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  9. My first kookaburra! Glad to meet you!

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  10. un oiseau qui fait réver chez nous

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  11. A wonderful shot of an iconic Australian ;-)

    Chrissy
    http://mancunianwave.blogspot.com/

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  12. il est tres beau (et belle photo), on dirait qu'il porte des moustaches

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  13. Fantastic shot! I envy you, you live surrounded by amazing birds! :-)

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  14. You know what? I sang this song hundreds of times with barney the dinasour in grade school and never really knew what the real bird looks like! Love how cute it is ;D

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  15. I sang it, my children sang it... At the time, I did not know what they looked like but have since come to recognize them. I think he is adorable!

    Oh, and I like your new profile photo, too!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  16. I don't know that song, but I like both the name and the bird. Very cute!

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  17. I've heard the song, but never seen the bird! He's very handsome and he looks like he is enjoying watching the action going on below.

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  18. They are rather cute, remind me of the Kingfishers in England a bit.

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  19. I nearly fell off my seat the first time I heard one in Aus. That and those ibis thingies you see wandering around the streets. Oh, and huntsman spiders... and geckos. It was all a bit stressful, really.

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  20. I am redfaced because I don't know the song and I probably should. Nice bird photo, Grace.

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  21. I remember playing golf in Brookwater, QLD and hearing these guys laughing it up while we teed off. They're cute and unique thats for sure!

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  22. And anyone who thinks 'Land Downunder' pinched the sound from 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree' is an idiot!! But that's just my opinion!!

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  23. Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a pic of one before! Nice shot. I'm going to have to visit Australia one day!

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  24. it;s like browsing from a nat geo mag. ^0^
    such a pretty capture.

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  25. Australia has no shortage of amazing birds, I fell in love with them all when living in Australia. Of course the kookaburra holds a special place among them (sigh).
    Gorgeous photo, thanks for the great memories!

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  26. They´re called "laughing Hans" over here (no idea, why, though, "lachender Hans") - they are so cute in the wild, I had the great luck to see some! Near Conway NP.

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