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Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 400, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 6:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Halcyonidae
Genus: Dacelo
Species: D. novaeguineae
Binomial name: Dacelo novaeguineae (Hermann, 1783)

The Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, is a familiar Australian carnivorous bird of the Kingfisher family, well known for its call. Previously known as the Laughing Jackass it is now best known by its aboriginal name.

It is found throughout eastern Australia, and has been introduced into the south-west corner of Western Australia, Tasmania, Flinders Island, Kangaroo Island.

Furthermore, some were also introduced into New Zealand between 1866 and 1880, but only those liberated on Kawau Island by Sir George Grey survived. Descendants are still found there today.

The Laughing Kookaburra is a handsome, stocky bird of about 45 cm in length, with a large head, a prominent brown eye, and a very large bill. The male can be easily distinguished from the female by the blue hues on his wing feathers and darker blue on his tail feathers. The female on the other hand has a small amount of aqua on her wing feathers, but no blue on her tail feathers.

"More info"

Diersoort: Kookaburra
Klasse: Vogels
Orde: Coraciiformes (Scharrelaarvogels)
Familie: Alcedinidae (IJsvogels)
Wetenschappelijke naam: Dacelo novaeguineae
Grootte mannetje: 39-42 cm
Grootte vrouwtje: 39-42 cm
Gewicht mannetje: 310-480 gr
Gewicht vrouwtje: 310-480 gr
Verenkleur mannetje: Bruin en Grijs/wit
Verenkleur vrouwtje: Bruin en Grijs/wit
Leeftijd in de natuur: 20 jaar
Leeftijd in de dierentuin: 20 jaar
Solitair/groep: Groep
Geslachtsrijp mannetje: 1 jaar
Geslachtsrijp vrouwtje: 1 jaar
Aantal eieren: 2 tot 4
Uitkomen van de eieren: 24 tot 26 dagen


This picture has been taken at "vogelpark-westerstede"

i hope you like it

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Hi Thijs
Very good shot. I like the composition with a portrait on the right side. sharpness is very good. Also a very nice moment and perfect eye contact with a bird

Best wishes

Dear Thijs

What a delightful capture. I like it very much!
My friend Loot posted a Blue Winged Kookaburra just a few months after he joined Trek Nature, and I found it to be a very pretty bird. At that stage I have never seen one before, and was it a first for me, I can still remember laughing about the strange name Kookaburra. The detail on this photo of yours is outstanding, and the bird has a very mysterious look on his face as if he wants to say: “I got it, before you got it, whe whe” The details of the plumage stands out well. I found your notes also very interesting and it added to what I have already learned this The Laughing Kookaburra, in the past. I appreciate your posting. Well done.

Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-05 7:43]

Hallo Thijs,
Prachtig scherpe opname van deze Kookaburra. Het contrast met de achtergrond is erg goed, net als de compositie. Opmerkelijk met die steen in zijn bek. Goed oogcontact.

Excelente pose y expresión del ave. Buen enfoque y gran profundidad. Agradables colores. Preciosa !!
Un saludo Thijs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-05 10:29]

Hi Thijs
Very nice composition .Sharp image with great details.Very good POV and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-05 12:13]

Hi Thijs,
Als ik de beschrijving lees op wikipedia heeft deze vogel nogal veel plezier in z'n leven. Op deze foto heeft hij ook een ondeugende blik in de ogen (zeker aan het denken waar hij die steen op kan laten vallen... ha ha).
Prachtige opname met veel details en scherpte. Mooie licht en goede compo.
gr. Paula

Hello,beau portrait bien net et de belles couleurs.TFS

Hello Thijs,

Very nice picture with an excellent sharpness,Colors are beautiful and the choice of this profile very good.
Thank you


bonjour thijs
ah bein alors si les martins pecheurs se mettent a pecher des pierres ou va le monde!!
ce portrait est vraiment extraordinaire,comment arrivez vous a etre aussi proche?

Hello Thijs nice close composition fine detail and superb pose well timed with the beak good eye contact into the lens :-) tfs rgds Necip.

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