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Laughing Kookaburra


Laughing Kookaburra
Photo Information
Copyright: Martyn Peck (Travelcam) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 13] (48)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: panasonic DMC FZ30
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/20 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of NOTOGEA (Australian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-12 21:49
Viewed: 6088
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are large to very large (total length 28-42 cm/11-17 in) native to Australia and New Guinea. Kookaburras were discovered in the middle of the eighteenth century.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter good-natured, if rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the well-known Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).

They are generally not closely associated with water, and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily.

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 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 and even other small birds, such as finches if they are lucky enough to catch them. In zoos, they are usually fed food for birds of prey, and dead baby chicks.

Ref: Wikipedia

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-12 22:49]

Hi Martyn !

Superb macro!
Excellent colors.
Description and offered up her top. Flicitari.
Have a nice day,
Adrian

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-12 22:57]

Hello Martyn,
I like the POV in this shot of the Laughing Kookaburra, the pose as it sits on the sloping trunk allowing us to see practically all the features with good sharpness and detail, the colours and markings of the wing and tail being especially noticable. The BG is busy but it stands out well.
Thanks and all the best,
Ivan

hi Martyn

A great catch of this lovely bird in such a nice pose. Looks cute!

tfs, bill

hello Martyn
great picture with good details of the bird
beautiful composition great colours
greeting lou

Hi Martyn
very nice capture for famous Kookaburra. focus, POV/DOF and eyes contact very nice. composition and colors also nice. thanks for sharing, have a nice week
Ahmet

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