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California Vacation 2016 Tid Bit 1: Kookaburra

Posted on: July 14, 2016

This post is an addendum to the post
KOOKABURRA, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/kookaburra-an-illustrated-song/

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July 2016, My family just got back from a wonderful vacation in California. One of our outings was to the San Diego Zoo and I learned something to help me sing KOOKABURRA.

KOOKABURRA eucalyptus tree

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The kookaburras of the San Diego Zoo
san diego zoo kookaburras

The gum tree the kookaburra sits in is another name for a eucalyptus tree.

The sign for the kookaburra enclosure reads:

WHY “KOOKABURRA SITS IN THE OLD GUM TREE”
Patient kookaburras wait for prey to pass by.
“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…” Yes, he does, but eucalyptus, or gum trees, are prime perches for these winged predators.  A kookaburra sits motionless on a branch until prey passes by.  Then he swoops down and snatches the reptile, rodent, or frog in its big, powerful bill.

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Related Posts

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SONG OF THE DAY (7/31/2015)
Sing Books with Emily (SBWE), Illustrated Songs of the Day:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/sbwe-songs-of-the-day/

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GEOGRAPHY SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/geography-songs-in-singable-picture-books/
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AUSTRALIAN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of Singable Picture Books which do not seem to be available in the USA
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/spbs-from-australia-not-available-in-us/

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BIRDS

For the love of birds!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/for-the-birds-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-to-celebrate-our-tuneful-feathered-friends/

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ANIMALS: FAVORITE SONGS
Emily’s Favorite Illustrated Songs to Sing about Singular Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/favorite-illustrated-songs-about-singular-animals/

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