Oongnairwah And Guinarey

: Australian Legendary Tales

Oongnairwah, the diver, and Guinarey, the eagle hawk, told all the

pelicans, black swans, cranes, and many others, that they would take

their net to the creek and catch fish, if some of them would go and

beat the fish down towards the net.

Gladly went the pelicans, black swans, and the rest to the creek. In

they jumped, and splashed the water about to scare the fish down

towards where Oongnairwah and Guin
rey were stationed with their net.

Presently little Deereeree, the wagtail, and Burreenjin, the peewee,

who were on the bank sitting on a stump, called out, "Look out, we saw

the back of an alligator in the water." The diver and eagle hawk called

back, "Go away, then. The wind blows from you towards him. Go back or

he will smell you."

But Deereeree and Burreenjin were watching the fishing and did not heed

what was said to them. Soon the alligator smelt them, and he lashed out

with his tail, splashing the water so high, and lashing so furiously,

that all the fishermen were drowned, even Deereeree and Burreenjin on

the bank--not one escaped, And red was the bank of the creek, and red

the stump whereon Deereeree and Burreenjin had sat, with the blood of

the slain. And the place is called Goomade and is red for ever.