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The Hunt

The Hunt
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED, Nikon 2X TConverter TC-20E II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-11 19:49
Viewed: 3901
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"The Hunt" is the first chapter in a visual story of four shots that I am going to post of this guy.
Chapter 2, “The Dive” can be seen here .
Chapter 3, “The Catch” can be seen here .
Chapter 4, “The Presentation” can be seen here .

There is an old dead tree, on the water, near where I live now, where this guy and others like to come to sit. It provides a very good vantage point with excellent visibility all around. This shot shows “The Hunt” of the Laughing Kookaburra. They will sit high up in a tree and watch the ground for their prey. They will sit like this for hours, providing all kinds of photographic opportunities.

Laughing Kookaburras live in woodland territory. They are native to Eastern Australia, but have been introduced to other parts of the country and New Zealand. They are a member of the Kingfisher family; in fact they are the largest member, growing up to 45 cm. in length.

They hunt by perching on a convenient branch while they wait for prey to pass by underneath. They hunt small animals such as mice, large insects, lizards and snakes.

This and the other three shots in this series were shot hand held, with a doubler on the lens. The lens has VR (vibration reduction) which I think helped. Post processing for this shot included: adjustments for shadows and highlights, some levels adjustments, a slight adjustment to contrast (up), cropping for this post, and sharpening for this post.

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
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Cool shot of Laughing Kookaburra.

Bonjour John
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue de ce magnifique oiseau avec de si belles couleurs. . Les couleurs sont merveilleuses,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits .
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.....JP
Les sourires demain

Hi John, Excellent capture of this feathered hunter. I like the way you have focussed well on the bird and the surrounds are off-focus. We can see the determined look in his eye. My goal is to get my bird in tree photos up to this standard. It is like golf i guess needs plenty of practice. TFS. Murray.

Hi John,

A nice image of the Laughing Kookaburra on the bracnh, the phoot has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


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