Thursday, December 1, 2011

Three Things

First, those of you who guessed “feathers” hit the nail on the head.
Yesterdays, image was cropped from this piccie of a Laughing Kookaburra, (Dacelo novaeguineae). I caught photographed this fellow last time I visited my Mum.
These raven sized birds are common on the east coast of Oz. Kookaburras are the largest kingfishers in the world. Unlike most kingfisher species they hunt small animals on the land, including mice and similar-sized small mammals, large insects, lizards, small birds and nestlings, and most famously, snakes.
That reminds me of a funny thing I saw once. (Maybe a tale for another time).

Second, one of my piccies is featuring on Marcy’s MaineWords blog at the moment. Apparently the piccie has inspired her latest WIP! What a lovely thought that one of my piccies has inspired someone else’s writing.

Finally because I want to, two of my recentish piccies.

A mountain stream near Marysville.And Deb and I went to the National Gallery of Victoria last Saturday. I was inspired to practice my own version of art there.


Old Kitty said...

Yay for inspiring Marcy!!! Awww you do take the most amazing shots though!

Love this kookaburra!! Fantastic bird!!!

Take care

L'Aussie said...

Hi Al. Love the laughing kookaburra but it's not in the ole gum tree! The stream near Marysville is a great shot. Is this the Marysville that was destroyed by bushfire?


John Gray said...

both photos are cracking.... the second one especially so
have you entitled it something pretentious?

KarenG said...

Hi Al, it's been awhile since I've commented but I always stop by to look at your wonderful photos. I grew up singing about the kookaburra sitting on the old gum tree.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The shot of the mountain stream is wonderful. And I used to sing about the kookaburra, too. In fact, I'm singing it now ...

mshatch said...

What a beautiful bird! And thank you again for inspiring me AND allowing me to post your pic :)

Kristen M. said...

My son and I both love kookaburras! We have one at our zoo here in Seattle and we will stand waiting to hear his laughing call. It's strange that they teach us the kookaburra song when we're kids when there's little chance we will ever see one outside of a zoo. Maybe it's an Aussie Travel Bureau conspiracy. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh, a Kookaburra! My mother used to sing that song :-)

Claudia Del Balso said...

Kookaburra, a special name for a special bird. Love the pic you took of this little fellow.