For weeks they have circled the clearing,
pausing at each compass point
to claim their territory with a raucous laugh,
defining its borders with their mirth.
Now with a hoarse uncertain chuckle –
soft grace notes dropped into their song –
their duet has become a trio,
and their joyous laughter fills the forest.
14 responses to “fledgling II: kookaburra”
I miss that laugh 😢💚
There’s nothing else like it – it may not be very musical, but I don’t think there’s anything else that can lift the spirits like a kookaburra laugh.
In the right place… using them as part of the sound track for ominous jungle scenes is just weird.
You’re right, there is nothing else like it.
I know what you mean. But not hearing them on a daily basis now, when they do crop up in out of place films I smile before the wave of homesickness catches me.
check your recall here: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/at-home/play/bird-calls/
or just listen to some sounds from home: http://www.anbg.gov.au/sounds/
Listen to the cockatoo a few times, then you wont feel so homesick. 😀
Nothing wrong with the dominance of the proud cockies Screech 😉
Much like the glorious sound of a drunk bogan out the front of the fish and chip shop, swearing at his car cos he locked the keys in there again.
Ah, the call of the drunken bogan… Definitely an iconic Aussie sound. 😀
shazza za za, shazza za za, where’s my beer ah ah ah
Love the image your poem gives me! This year it was Blue Jays for us😊
Thanks Al. 🙂 I like spotting the various fledglings through spring into summer. Some, like the kookaburras and cockatoos, you can only tell by their call. Other have juvenile camouflage colours. I’ve never seen blue jays, other than in pictures.
Well, you are in Australia and i am in south Louisiana USA. I’ve never seen a kookaburra here either. Different worlds but seconds apart thanks to the internet.
The last comment confirmed your location Kate. I am also in Australia. Semi-rural area. Heard kookaburras today nearby and a surprise visit of from a koala….
Ah, so the cat and bear photo is not your own then. Unless that was one hell of a koala… I has assumed you were US.
I’m fully-rural 😀 We have no koalas, but lots of ‘roos, and a wombat tried to break into the house one night.
Takes time to work newcomers out hey Kate? And a sprinkling of artistic licence added in….. But truthfully I am semi-rural, no roos, but kookaburras and koalas visit….nice to make your acquaintance…..
I am a relative newcomer to blogging . I should have just read your “about me” page… 😀
Nice to meet you too. 🙂