Haiku Carpe Diem #108, Birdsong

Today’s Carpe Diem Haiku Prompt is Birdsong.

This prompt gives a wonderful opportunity to share the sights and sounds of three native Australian birds…

Kookaburra Laughs
Even after 16 years in Australia, no matter how I’m feeling the sound of the Kookaburras in my yard puts a smile on my face…

Cold Monday morning
Black Dog demands attention
Kookaburra laughs

~ | ~

Black Cockatoos
Every Christmas Eve (or there abouts) a group of Black Cockatoos arrive in our garden, just ahead of the rain clouds…

The Black Cockatoos
Like a Widows’ bingo night
Rain clouds gathering

We don’t get these in our garden, but I recall the first time I experienced an Emu roaming free, it’s sound took me completely by surprise…

Can you hear the drums?
Throbbing heart of the dessert
Emu beats the odds


About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of www.DementiaJourneys.com and other bits and other bobs.
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23 Responses to Haiku Carpe Diem #108, Birdsong

  1. The first one made me smile, a lot but I really like the last one the most. The image you have created in my mind with that emu is very…vivid!
    And definitely enjoyed the videos, too. 🙂


  2. kz says:

    awesome post!


  3. siggiofmaine says:

    Delightful ! Thank you for sharing what for me is unique and only seen in photos.
    Amazing sights I would imagine.. Kookaburra reminds me of a song from childhood as I write this…and I think they would be interesting to have nearby and make everyone smile.

    My favorite haiku is the Black Cockatoos… a visual creation that is memorable.

    Thank you for sharing your part of the world.



    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you and I’m pleased you enjoyed the birds as I do.
      I remember singing the Kookaburra song as a child in the UK. Perhaps that’s what actually living next to them so special for us 🙂


  4. JazzBumpa says:

    How could you not smile at the sound of Kookaburras
    “Like a Widows’ bingo night” brought me up short
    Very enigmatic.
    Your approach is always unique and quite different.


  5. WabiSabi says:

    Terrific post! It is wonderful to see first hand, animals that are, to me, exotic! Your haiku is original and brilliant as usual. Loved the widows bingo night!!


    • jrbsays says:

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. Seeing such amazing birds still takes me by surprise occasionally…distracts me from the Bingo 😉


  6. Nice post JRB … wonderful to read your experiences with those three kinds of birds. Every bird it’s own sound … that second with ‘widows bingo’ is just hilarious. 🙂


  7. Green Speck says:

    Wow … loved the trio !!!


  8. yerpirate says:

    Sublime,supreme and unsurpassable post! Really wonderful! I actually had Australian birds in my mind – how different sounds they must have – when I was thinking about ‘Birdsong’, so this is a superb surprise!
    1st haiku brilliant, 2nd troubling! 3rd really very good.
    Thanks for all the presentation. Really enjoyed.


    • jrbsays says:

      Thank you, you’re too kind.
      There is so much wildlife to be inspired by in (and around) this ancient land. Keeping it to just three is the challenge. So pleased you liked them 🙂


  9. 4joy says:

    thnx so much for the audio/visual treat……those black cockatoos are showy! and as a kid I remember this ‘song’ – “kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he; laugh kookaburra, laugh kookaburra, save some gum for me!”


  10. Wonderful, and the widows bingo night is just perfect. Thank you.


  11. Peripatetic Eric says:

    The first one is my favorite. Going about your business as a bird chimes in. Takes me to the moment.


  12. Look for A Lovely Thing says:

    “A widows’ bingo night” Brilliantly funny and a great simile. Wow
    I love all three. Thanks for the vid links too. Amazing birds! I’d love to have a kookaburra visit my back yard.


  13. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    I’ve heard the drumming of captive emus. It’s rather unnerving!

    Sonoran Birdsong


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