Monday, February 9, 2015

It's the Little Things #2

Go on... you know you want to ... sing it .... 

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

These are a few of our resident Kookaburras that come to visit us each evening to roost in the big Spotted Gum by the stables. They arrive just as the last of the light is fading, laughing and calling to their family to come roost for the night. They number between two and six, and come most nights.

They leave at first light, saying goodbye with a laugh as they head off to hunt for the day. 

It makes us smile to know they like our home enough to make it theirs.

A few interesting facts about Kookaburras and the Kookaburra Song

  • They are an Australian Kingfisher
  • The song was first performed in 1934 at a Girl Guides Jamboree
  • The tune is the same as a Welsh song about a Blackbird
  • The song featured in a 2006 episode of Dr Who, Fear Her
  • The laughing kookaburra is not native to Western Australia
  • The laughing is to mark their territory
  • A girl wrote the lyrics to the song!

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