What lies beneath the cool green waters

of Riversleigh River?

Is it a face? Was that a hand reaching up for me as I looked down

into the waters that gently reached the riverbank

and rested there for a moment

before being pulled back out again?

I peered into the water and my face peered back

questioningly, I decided with annoyance.

Of course nothing lies quietly beneath the waters of Riversleigh River

I told myself sternly.

Its weighted down with rocks.

Big ones.

I should know.

I put them there myself.

( Inspired By The Riversleigh Journey By H.Blakey )

Why Hello There Dacelo Novaeguineae



Meet The Dacelo Novaeguineae aka The Laughing Jackass

My Friend Heather Blakey created her own version of the 12 Days of Christmas at her website ” Waiting for Godot “.

She featured the Kookaburra on the 1ST day and the more I looked into this fantastic creature, the more I fell in love with it! In fact, if you read her article there’s a neat project you can do involving studying animals- it’s suggested that if you study an animal a week for 52 weeks you’re going to learn a huge amount about the animal world.

I don’t know about you, but most of what I see about the animal kingdom pops up on my Facebook newsfeed so I could probably stand to broaden my horizons by  A LOT. I think I’ve seen enough baby goats,  Husky puppies that sound like they can speak human and cats being, well CATS to last me a life time.

So with a healthy  dose of newly minted  curiosity I thought I would peek around and see what I could learn about the Kookaburra for starters.

The bare bones- It is a hunter and it’s call is so unique that its used in films about the Australian bush.

I was curious about that so I went and found some recordings of the Kookaburra’s call:

Personally I thought that if you could go back in time and record dinosaurs they’d sound like the Kookaburra. Then as you finished taping a dinosaur would dive out of the sky or drop from a tree or leap from a lake and that would be the LAST thing you’d hear. But I write spooky stuff most of the times so YES I just went there.

Kookaburra’s aren’t small birds- the Laughing Kookaburra can grow to 15 inches long and they can live up to 20 years. It’s beak can grow to four inches and it is carnivorous. I mean of course it is, right?

That’s probably why their populations are stable- though I think it has a lot to do with that wicked sounding laugh. In fact, people have modified it a bit to emphasize that magnificent call



So today I learned that there is a bird with a wicked laugh that hunts snakes and other birds and some of them will not only learn to take food from your hand-

they will swoop in and steal it from your hand too.

I’ll bet it laughs as it soars back up and away into the sky with you lunch in its beak.

The Kookaburra is my Spirit Animal. I just know it is.