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Kookaburra in Flight

Kookaburra in Flight
Photo Information
Copyright: Steph Sayre (Sayre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight, EATM - Exotic Animal Training and Management [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 17:36
Viewed: 3162
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of my very first pictures trying to move the camera with the bird in order to get the flight motion to show up in the photo, while still showing what it was. I think it worked nicely having the solid bushy background to it. This is "Gumdrop" a laughing kookaburra in flight!

The "Laughing Kookaburra" is known by its name for its "laugh" which it uses to greet its mate after periods of absences. It can be heard at any time of day but most frequently shortly after dawn and especially when the colour drains from the forest after sunset.
One bird starts with a low, hiccupping chuckle, then throws its head back in raucous laughter: often several others join in. If a rival tribe is within earshot and replies, the whole family soon gathers to fill the bush with ringing laughter. Hearing kookaburras in full voice is one of the more extraordinary experiences of the Australian bush, something even locals cannot ignore; some visitors, unless forewarned, may find their call startling.

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This is a great first attempt at this difficult type of photography. You maintained great sharpness in the head, despite the tangled background. The main problem with the image is your exposure (and I'm not sure in this light it would have been possible to get it right). The nape of the neck is burnt out. In the right light this would have been near perfect. Nice work!

-Dave Shaw

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