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09-18-2013, 02:07 PM
We love our kookaburras in Australia, with their raucous laughter ringing through the forest, huge liquid eyes and gorgeous stripes and speckles. I've painted and sold lots over the years.

The ref photo for this was taken in Tasmania, but we have a family of them hanging round our home here in Victoria.

Just a quickie.


09-18-2013, 02:14 PM
I love the Kookaburra, its my favorite of all Australian birds. God was having a good day when he created these. I love to hear them laughing in the morning. Your painting is truly magnificent and does this fantastic bird proud. We seem to be having a bird week on Artrage. Stuart in Perth.......

09-18-2013, 07:08 PM
A very nice fluffy bird painting

09-18-2013, 09:04 PM
Thank you Stuart, yes, they are just wonderful creatures.

Caesar, they tend to fluff up and look quite cuddly at rest, and can be very streamlined when hunting and socialising.

09-18-2013, 09:41 PM
That's really cute :D

Marilyn Anne
09-19-2013, 12:30 AM
A charming bird and nicely done.

09-19-2013, 08:21 AM
Thanks for popping by Marilyn Anne and SilverO. :cool:

09-19-2013, 11:47 AM
A lovely bird Robyn and so well painted , you have me intrigued I will have search for an audio of its call.
I love bird calls and enjoy sitting in my bush listening to the many varieties of birds that we have..

09-19-2013, 04:59 PM
Here he is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0ZbykXlg6Q

09-20-2013, 12:00 AM
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
What a life you lead....

Beautiful painting of this beautiful bird Robyn.

09-20-2013, 12:26 AM
You got the poem! We learned that as children.

A bit of a rough painting, but thank you. xx

09-20-2013, 12:28 AM
Well Robyn certainly a different call to anything I find in my bush, thanks for the link.

D Akey
09-20-2013, 02:36 AM
Yeah, I think God was in hysterics when he created many of the animals. Kookaburras and hyenas. . . chimps. . . my cats laugh all the time. They do pranks and practical jokes to get reactions quite regularly and I can see them setting me up to get me to over-react. Dogs do it as well though I haven't had one in decades. I do see it happening. Maybe not like in a movie where writers script in hijinks, but you can tell if you know their patterns.

Meanwhile back at the old gum tree, nice kookaburra.

Me mum used to sing a song she sang as a wee girl scout:

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
merry merry king of the bushes he.
Laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra,
May his life be free.

09-20-2013, 09:07 AM
It's especially loud/funny when a family of 5 get on your iron roof and go for it together. Deafening!

09-20-2013, 09:31 AM
Wonderful painting, very good work:rolleyes:

D Akey
09-20-2013, 09:38 AM
It's especially loud/funny when a family of 5 get on your iron roof and go for it together. Deafening!

Yeah, well I think the days of me mum ushering us onto the ol' roof and singing our fool heads off has passed. But it probably was deafening. A lot was deafening about my family, and some of it funny. Definitely got some kookaburra in the family gum tree.

I can only imagine what an iron roof must sound like as a platform for their antics. Certainly sounds like it could produce the dulcet tones of a looney bin.

But why an iron roof, pray? You worried Superman flying over with his x-ray vision might be checking up on your latest caper? Well, you might be able to get some green kryptonite delivered by parrot from Amazon.

09-20-2013, 10:21 AM
Iron roofs in country Victoria are pretty much the done thing. City houses have tiled ones. Metal makes heavy rain/hail and bird life deafening, but it's kinda nice. We just turn the telly up, or shout.

I haven't spotted Superman yet, but we do have a friend who does aerial weed spraying and fertilising from his plane who frightens us a bit by roaring by too close. Now that's loud! One Sunday morning, we were still in bed and we thought he was coming in the window!

The joys of country life.... :) :)

09-20-2013, 11:37 AM
A lovely little bird, Robyn, I also live in the country and like to hear the birds and the breeze in the trees :)

09-20-2013, 12:08 PM
Hello Jean, he's actually quite a large bird and can be up to 18 inches long. They're a 'terrestrial kingfisher', and hunt for for mostly meat based food. I've seen ones with a small snakes and lizards, and others picking off worms when it's been raining. They are easy to train to come down for minced meat, but I don't encourage that because my dogs would kill them. They hang out with their grown offspring, so there are often groups of them together.

Fabulous creatures!

09-20-2013, 05:21 PM
Nice painting. Very realistic.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to discover a charming and unknown bird here.
Following your link on youtube I discovered that some people were complaining to be awakened by the laughing bird ..... I suppose they're nostalgic : they would prefer be awakened by a traffic jam ?!

09-20-2013, 05:34 PM
I agree Chris, we are so lucky where we are to have the sounds of nature rather than suburbia. :)

09-22-2013, 09:32 PM
Wow beautiful bird and painting:rolleyes:

09-24-2013, 12:12 AM
This so very lovely and I really love the brushwork, well done once again Robyn:)

09-24-2013, 12:39 AM
Thank you both Katie and Sabena!

09-24-2013, 11:32 AM
My fav Aussie bird,we have a few living around here too.I actually had a pet Kookaburra when I was about 5 yrs old,he couldn't fly was hit by a car he lost one of his wings,he lived with us in a Caravan park.
Another Aussie bird isn't my fav right now,it's the Mad Maggie season which isn't much fun on my bicycle!! lol
Great painting brought back some memories nice one !;):D