The bushmans alarm clock

Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Chuckle

There’s lots of things
to make you
chuckle
in the Aussie bush.

Just this morning
I was awake
early
when the
bushmans alarm clock
went off.

I popped into
the garden,
cup of tea
in hand
and discussed
the situation.

We chatted
a while
with no agreement
on waking time.

The bushmans alarm clock

Goo-Goor-Gaga the Kookaburra

Long ago in the Dreamtime, when the animals were first on the earth which were very much bigger than they are today, there was a time when there was no sun, only a moon and stars.

One day, Dinewan the emu and Brolga the beautiful dancing bird, were out on a large plain arguing and fighting. Brolga got so angry that she ran over to Dinewan’s nest and grabbed one of her large eggs, which she threw up into the sky with all her might. It landed on a heap of firewood breaking, spilling the yellow yolk, which burst into flames. This lit up the whole world below to the astonishment of all the creatures as they had only been used to the semi-darkness and were dazzled by such brightness.

A good spirit who lived in the sky saw how beautiful the earth looked when it was lit up by this blaze. He thought it would be a good thing to make a fire every day; which he has done ever since. All night the good spirit and his helpers collect wood and stack it up. When the stack is nearly big enough, the good spirit sends out the morning star to let them know on earth that the fire will soon be lit.

However, the spirits found that sending out the morning star was not enough because those who slept did not see it. The spirits decided they must have a noise made at the dawn of each new day to announce the arrival of the sun, which would wake the sleepers – but what noise.

Then one day the spirits heard the laughter of Goo-goor-gaga, the kookaburra ringing through the air. This was the noise the spirits were looking for. They asked Goo-goor-gaga that as the morning star faded and the day dawned, every morning would he laugh his loudest to awaken all the sleepers before sunrise. Goo-goor-gaga agreed and has done so ever since – making the air ring with his early morning laughter.

*https://www.kullillaart.com.au/dreamtime-stories/Goo-Goor-Gaga-the-Kookaburra

Australia – Always was, Always will be

Someone everyone knows

CitySonnet’s The Letter K

Ask about Australia, talk about birds. Here is one everyone knows of, some just by their call, others will have seen one at least in their lifetime.

Have a listen*

*From http://www.graemechapman.com.au/

I can look cheerful

or serious

I have lots of pretty colours that don’t always get shown

I do a good silhouette

When it gets cold, we huddle together to keep warm

I love to sit on a post and keep an eye out for a snack

It doesn’t take all that long until someone forgets I am there

Well I have to go now

See ya later

In one door, out the next….almost

John’s Cellpic Sunday

This is where I do an explanation of my phone photo from my Last on the Card post.

On Thursday afternoon I heard and saw a group of Kookaburras chasing each other around the garden. I suspect the parents were trying to send an offspring out of their patch to start life somewhere else.

Suddenly there was a loud banging and crashing in my house. I went to investigate and found a Kookaburra in the loungeroom next to the back door. There was a small hole in the screen door and I slowly slid the door across and the Kookaburra flew out. Once outside there was a loud cackling of all the Kookaburras in the trees.

Here is the back screen door and the beak shaped hole

I wondered about the hole as it was small and the wire was bent outwards. After a while I went to go out of the front door and this is what I found.

The wire on the screen is not soft nylon it is metal wire, not as hard as the rear screen door but hard enough. I was amazed that the Kookaburra wasn’t badly injured.

*Kookaburra in the featured image for reference only. Not the actual Kookaburra

On the verandah

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Curious Critters

I have visitors who drop in from time to time. Here is a selection of those curious critters who like to see what’s happening on the verandah.

The King Parrots are always hanging about. This bloke is telling the rest of the King Parrots I am awake.

Then the others come over

Sometimes a Kookaburra will have a look around

A White-throated Treecreeper decided that the mat was ideal to gather nesting material

A Striated Pardalote hopping through one morning

The Female Bower Bird discovered me

A Pied Currawong was looking for a snack

After the fire I was making sure the birds and animals had food. The Satin Bowerbirds made sure they had food

The Male Satin Bowerbird always stood guard

A rare visitor was a Wonga Pigeon. I was surprised when he came onto the verandah.

This was taken a while ago when a Red-necked Wallaby joey was curious about some of the plants on the verandah steps.

Is this the way

Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge: On The Way

Hope you enjoy this track. One of the worlds first “super groups”

Not many words just a few images for your enjoyment

Hurry up….get in….I’ll drive. I told them we are on the way

Dinner Time – a story from a while ago

A Re-blog of a post from 2017 which I though of when I saw the Photo a Week Challenge: Tasty Treat

It was late in the afternoon when I heard a Kookaburra ruckus. The usual cackling but also the sound of a young Kookaburra trying to make the adult sounds. It became a raspy sound of a young bird making demands of its parents. Here is a short photo story of the Kookaburras at dinner time.

“Hey Mum, What’s Dad doing down there?”

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Just then Dad flew up into the tree with a stick. No its not, it is a Stick Insect.

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A bit of adjusting to make sure  the Stick Insect didn’t fall again as it did once before.

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“Here you go young one……catch”

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“Thanks Dad. This looks like a good dinner.”

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“I’m not sure if I should let go. What should I do?”

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“OK. Here goes. Down the hatch!”

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Dad basks in the glow of the afternoon sun, another lesson and dinner over for the evening.

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PS I did feel sorry for the Stick Insect as there aren’t as many around as there were years ago. This series of photos were taken from my veranda. Do you see birds feeding around your place?

Looking up at the Laughing Kookaburras

I was listening to the world outside. I heard a sound like someone gargling. Knowing I was the only one home at the time, I went to investigate. Yes as walking outside at my place could always be a photo opportunity, I had my camera.

On a branch was a young Laughing Kookaburra making the “I really am a Kookaburra….listen to this” absolutely weird sound. Not a moment later came the sounds of a real Laughing Kookaburra. Here let me tell you what I was told happened.

“Hey, is anyone here?”
“I’ve got lunch.”
“Have you seen how fast these blokes go?”

“Hello…..”
“I thought you were hungry?”
“Look what I caught.”

“I know you’re here somewhere.”
“Did you fly over there?”
“These taste real juicy.”

“Is that you?”
“I’m sure I heard something”
“I bet he’s playing a game with me.”

“Here….have a look at this;”
“It is so wonderful tasting.”
I am just going to have to eat it ALL myself!”

“No Dad….don’t do that.”
“I’m here.”
“I’ll have some dinner please.”

“Well then……..you better get over here as quick as you can.”
OK Dad….here I come.”

and that is the story of the Laughing Kookaburras on a tree just off my verandah

I am sure some would have noticed that the photos are also square for Becky’s Square Photo Challenge #SquareUp (sorry Becky, no music with this one)

Size

Here is Debbies One Word Sunday: Size
Some of the things I have been contemplating on contributing for OWS perhaps can also be some of my Favourite Things as Patti from Ragtag asked.
Perhaps some of the small things in my world should be a start. The feature photo is a Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest honeyeater and a red jewel that flashes through my garden and the forest.

I love having Stingless Native Bees in my garden
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and of course Blue-banded Bees scrunching into flowersbee blue bum_crop_binna burran feb 2012
All of the tiny native flowers that abound on my placewisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

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I have to include some big things too. Kookaburras are always hunting in the garden and waking me with their morning song
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Overhead one of the Square-tailed Kite family soars square-tailed-kite01_named_home_nov-2016
While in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby snacks on the Honey Gem Grevillea 171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby04

The trees of the forest that surround are the big
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Now a warning for those who have a thing about spiders – there is one in the next image

 

 
Isn’t she a beauty. She lived in my laundry for a Summer and then came into the lounge and dining rooms for Winter last year. I think she became bored of my company and headed outside.170315_side view_huntsman_size