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Laugh Kookaburra Laugh
4/10/2012 9:46:55 PM
The absurd warbling laughter filled his eardrums. He wanted to choke the mocking, hilarious nonsense right out of its gurgling throat.

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The first scene in Chapter 5.     The English aristocrat Benjamin has been summoned to the cattle station after his immoral father deserted the family.  Ben is very angry and the alien wildlife does nothing to sooth his tortured nerves.  

  Ben opened his eyes slowly. What was that ridiculous commotion? It was vaguely familiar in his mind’s eye. He saw a strange plump bird with its broad bill thrust in the air as it emitted a cackling serenade like no other bird on the planet. It was the opening scene of an Australian newsreel in a Singapore theatre. Now the absurd warbling laughter filled his eardrums until he wanted to grab the stupid bird and choke the mocking, hilarious nonsense right out of its gurgling throat.     

He turned his head to the narrow double doors that opened onto the wide verandah. A kookaburra sat in the lower branches of the privet tree planted for protection and shade. Another of its flock soon answered the laughing rendition, then another joined in and another. Ben jumped out of bed and took the few steps onto the verandah. He waved his arms wildly.

‘Get out, you insidious laughing idiots,’ he shouted. He slumped into the squatter’s chair and rubbed the sleep from his eyes. ‘Even the birds are crazy in this goddamn country,’ he mumbled, trying not to allow the memories of the last tension-filled days to flood his mind.

He watched a goanna claw its way cautiously to an outer branch of a privet tree at the far end of the long verandah - suddenly all hell broke loose. A high-pitched squawk sounded the alarm and birds, commonly known as happy family, appeared in droves, babbling and squawking and nose-diving at the goanna who stood his ground for a few minutes until he thought better of it and made a hasty retreat. Apparently, it had been after a nest of freshly laid eggs belonging to the extensive family group who protected their own at anycost. 



THIRD NOVEL –     THE TAN PEOPLE – a journey into truth

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
•  Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012  
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011

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