Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kookaburra from Australia

The Kookaburras belong to the family of the Kingfishers and are native to Australia and New Guinea, but only the Australian one is famous for its unmistakable laughing call.  They feed on insects, snakes, frogs and other small animals.

unused, from 2012
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Here is a Kookaburra as a mascot for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 ...

Sydney 2000 Millenium card with Olly, Syd and Millie - Olympic Games Official Licensed Product - unused

here is some info on the characters...
Ollie, Syd and Millie, designed by Matthew Hattan, are three native Australian animals chosen as mascots for the Sydney 2000 Games. They represent earth, air and water. "Olly", a kookaburra, epitomizes the Olympic spirit of generosity and universal generosity (from Olympic); "Syd", a platypus, represents the environment and captures the vigor and energy of Australia and its people (from Sydney); "Millie", an echidna, is a techno-whiz and information guru, with all the facts and figures at her fingertips (from Millennium).

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