<< Previous Next >>

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree...

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree...
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3.5-4.5 VR, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 13:56
Viewed: 4638
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Kookaburra made famous in song, is an Australian icon. I believe this is the laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae), and not the blue-winged.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter good-natured, if rather hysterical Kookaburras are carnivorous. They will eat lizards, snakes, insects, mice and raw meat. The most social birds will accept handouts from humans and will take raw or cooked meat (even if at high temperature) from on or near open-air barbecues left unattended. It is generally not advised to feed the birds too regularly as meat alone does not include calcium and other nutrients essential to the bird. Remainders of mince on the bird's beak can fester and cause problems for the bird.

They are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season. They often sing as a chorus to mark their territory.

In the wild, kookaburras are known to eat babies of other birds and snakes, and insects and small reptiles. In zoos, they are usually fed food for birds of prey, and dead baby chicks. (source: Wikipedia).

Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Evelynn: Symbolsmbasil 1 12-05 15:29
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Mike,
Interesting species, excellent shot. Greetins

Ok, now I believe you are really there. We've had a koala, and a roo and a now a kookaburra. Now I want a kiwi. : )

I like the light subject and "V" branches against the dark background.

Evelynn ; )

Hai Mike Basil,
First of all thanks for sharing the kookaburra.Have jus heard that it is common in Australia, but seeing it for the first time.good background,and a well placed picture.

Calibration Check