Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

My regular walk takes me along a track that has bush on one side and trees all around. 

Anyone who has walked through the Aussie bush will know you rarely see animals. Except ants and birds.

Depending on the season and time of day I will see, or more likely hear, different birds. 

On my walks around the bush near me, I have seen and heard several lyrebirds. Their sound is very distinctive. In the two times I actually spotted one, I was led to the bird by the unusual sounds. It imitates all manner of things – mechanical and living. 

Among my favourite is the little finch. Always in a mass pack, they flit so quickly among low shrubs and tall grass. It is their movement I love. And the challenge of spotting one. 

Yesterday Dar said she’d like to hear a kookaburra in the wild. And she wondered if it would become annoying. 

The thing is Aussie birds tend not to sing all day. (In fact some are horrid screechers so singing and chirping are not the right words. Have I told you how much I hate cockatoos?)

I never find kookaburras annoying. They don’t call all the time. Mainly they communicate to other kookaburras of an evening. 

As luck would have it on my walk as the sun was setting today, I came across a group of kookaburras who were winging it home. They called to one another, gathering all together before they disappeared towards the bush. I whipped out my phone and recorded them. You cannot really see them but they flew between trees as the headed off towards the bush. 

So here’s one for you Dar? Enjoy. 

How can this sound not bring a smile to your face? (Don’t stop the video too soon. The horrid screeching towards the end is a cockatoo. Shit things. Noisey and they peck apart housing, fencing and sensor tiles for the blind as well as tip bins over.)


6 thoughts on “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree

  1. Whaaat?? You hate cockies? I am reeling in shock! I LOVE them – their loud screeching, their brazen behaviour, their crazy yet regal look.
    I do agree, however, that you don’t get sick of kookaburras “laughing”. I love how you can often spot them sitting all plumped up on the clothesline or fence, patiently waiting for a worm. I think they’re quite majestic looking birds.

    • What? You like cockies!?! You haven’t had a pool heating system destroyed by them at the cost of over a thousand dollars. Twice. Or had other things destroyed. Bullying vandals of the bird world, they are.

      I do galahs though. Genteel cockies.

  2. So cool! I looked up a video online but the bird was captive so it just wasn’t the same – no context. Thanks so much 🙂 I can’t imagine seeing a lyrebird either. Rare and (to me) exotic.

  3. I’m with Mercester – I could never think of a cockie having an annoying voice! I love them so much. Maybe it’s because they remind me of being on holidays along the Murray. I love kookaburras even more. We have quite a lot of lyrebirds here in Victoria in various parts. Fantastic video. Ha…ironically, had to turn off Sounds of Silence playing in the other tab to hear it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7RVw3I8eg

    • Impressive voice. But with his name, I was expecting something more heavy metal. I’m sorry but you and Mercester are wrong on this a core value for me. You both may be kicked out of the party if there are many more breaches.

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