Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree…

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

I remember the first time I heard the call of a kookaburra and it was an amazing experience. I thought it sounded a bit like a chimpanzee and it also brought to mind the above little song that my friend Alix Daley taught me when we were about ten. We must have sung it a fair bit for it to stick in my head all this time, even though neither of us had been to Australia or knew what a kookaburra actually sounded like. We lost touch a long time ago but I wanted to mention it, just in case she ever happens to stroll past this post (unlikely i know), and say that whenever I hear the kookaburras laughing it reminds me of her and this little song. Good friends are never forgotton.

Anyway, back to my main reason for this post. I have been trying to capture the call of a kookaburra on video since I arrived in Australia but somehow every time I got my camera out they would tail off and go quiet. Then I was finally rewarded back in July when Mat, Tom and I were on our campervan tour of Albany to Perth, Western Australia.

I took this video clip just after we’d set up camp at Alexandra Bridge on our way from Pemberton to Margaret River. It had just gone dark and we were in the middle of cooking our evening meal when the most amazing cacophany ensued. It started in one tree, then a kookaburra from another tree joined in and so on, until we were completely surrounded by maniacal laughter. I listened for quite a while before I remembered to grab my camera and start filming. Fortunately they were in no mood to be quiet and I got a good example before they moved further away.

After the kookaburras’ main show you then get a demonstration of other animal noises (lol!), and Tom’s opinion on the fantastic birds! Please don’t judge him on his bizarre ideas about wildlife though, he is a lovely lad really 🙂

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