Kooka on the clothesline

kookaburraSo this is the setting. I’m sitting out the back, having a few beers, watching the rain gently come down. We were expecting a storm with hail, but do you ever expect the bureau to get it right. Anyway, it was time for anothery so went to the bar fridge, which we have downstairs, near where I’m sitting and a little skink about 200mm long scuttles around the back. Poor bugger, having to create a life for itself amongst our overflow of stuff stored downstairs.

Back to my seat, beer in hand. I’m looking around the backyard, enjoying the sounds. Then I noticed on the fence, about 20m away, a kookaburra, slowly scouring my backyard. About 5 min went by and it continued to sit, I assumed, looking for food. Then it took off. Diving to the ground at the back of the yard. Head back, gulp, gulp. Maybe it found one of the lizards that call this place their home.

I continued to the observe the kookaburra who at this stage was back sitting on the fence. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if I could create an environment that built up the lizard environment whilst at the same time encouraged kookaburras to visit. Maybe we could get to know them and we could eventually hand feed them.

Then it flew to the clothes line. Wow, it was get closer. It sat for a moment, then flew in and out from the orange tree. We’ve been having a hell of a time with these stink bugs so I hoped it had got one. Not even a kookaburra would like one of those, I thought. Then swoop. It did it again, half way up the tree, then flicking its beak as it sat on the clothes line. Wow.

It then struck me. Could this kookaburra have sensed what I was thinking? And not only that, aware of the tussles I’d been having with this bugs? It then got to me. Maybe it was the fact that I’d had a few too many at this point, but it brought a tear to the eye. I’d felt a connection that was more than I could describe.



I have long had a fascination with kookaburras and thought I would see if I could find anything about what they represented. The following is what I found and is something I can very much relate to.


Kookaburra indicates a period of increased mental and spiritual activity. He will show how to manifest your destiny by listening to your intuition. Since psychic perceptions are increasing, he will instruct how to remain grounded in the earth and be comfortable in doing so. Take time for yourself in quite solitude. He knows how to strike with determination. How are you using your “dagger-like bill”? He will teach the art of timing and when to act. Kookaburra demonstrates excellent visionary skills and seeing beyond the ordinary. Watch carefully what is going around you. Listen to your dreams and visions. He shows it is time for forward movement, letting go, forgiving the past. He conveys the power of humor and lightening up from the seriousness. Kookaburra shows another opportunity to balance masculine and feminine energies. He aids communication, resourcefulness, using timely defense tactics and reaching higher spiritual energies along with the ability to express ideas with coherence. Take care of your upper energy centers for they will increase in sensitivity. Kingfisher presents a time of prosperity, love, warmth, enjoyment and a new found clarity of mind. He guides toward community groups and organizations to further your physical and spiritual goals. The time period for Kookaburra is about a month of exploring and learning and another month of adapting the new energies. Pay attention to its color which correlates to the area in which to personally reflect upon. (similar to Kingfisher)

Ref: Animal Spirit Totems