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Copyright: Leisa Hennessy (Snoops) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 170] (555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z5, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia, Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-29 5:40
Viewed: 3799
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kookaburras are very large terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. Some were introduced into New Zealand between 1866 and 1880, but only those liberated on Kawau Island by Sir George Grey survived. Descendants are still to be found there today.
During mating season, the Laughing Kookaburra indulges in behaviour similar to that of a Wattle Bird. The female adopts a begging posture and vocalises like a young bird. The male then offers her his current catch accompanied with an "oo oo oo" sound. They start breeding around October/November. If the first clutch fails, they will continue breeding into the summer months.

They generally lay three eggs at about 2 day intervals. If the food supply is not adequate the third egg will be smaller and the third chick will also be smaller and at a disadvantage to its larger siblings. Chicks have a hook on the upper mandible, which disappears by the time of fledging. If the food supply to the chicks is not adequate the chicks will quarrel and the hook can be used as a weapon and the smallest chick can be killed by its larger siblings. If food is plentiful the parent birds spend more time brooding the chicks and so the chicks are not able to fight.

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Hi Leisa

I love the coy pose. Very cute shot. Thanks.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-29 7:44]

Hi Leisa,
lovely shot, this bird sure deserves it's name, she really looks like she got a smile on her face. Ligh, POV and details are wonderful.

Hello Leisa,
Graet work, great colors, Bg, POV, deatils are reallr great perfct colors, BG, POV, DOF, TFS Kyle

Hi Leisa

So cute, look at him, very intresting pose. Loveley. It seems he/she is waitng for you to take this portrait, very nice composition and POV too.
well done


Hello Leisa,
Wow! Great shot of this cute chick? (btw, is it a chick, it looks as a child). Great head position, you got it bang on time! bg is perfect to! Thank you for this amazing portrait...

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-29 14:02]

Hi Leisa,
Lovely portrait, beautiful lighting, nice detail and a very inquisitive look on the Kookaburra's face :-) Good DOF, excellent colours and light in the background. The Kookaburra looks to have some artifacts, like grain or noise or something. A minor nit though.

Hi Leisa,

Well done on the capture and composition.
Now, why would you move to Canada from Aussie? Two, of all places, Mosquito capital of Canada. LOL I'm next door, Ontario, On the Biggest Island on Lake Huron.


Nice portrait Leisa,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Nice closeup of this kookaburra I like the inquisitive look upon the face of this feathery character. The POV couldn't be better. Well done Leisa. :)

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-29 21:15]

Bonjour Leisa,
Photo très intéressante par son unicité comme sujet.
C'est un oiseau inconnu ici en Amérique du Nord. Merci de nous le présenter.
Excellente mise au point, belle lumière et la pose de l'oiseau nous gagne en émotions.
Votre note est remplie de bonnes informations.


I like the composition a lot , this potrait is amazing, you have tried to show a dull colored bird in great glory , hats off!!
The catch light in the eyes is superb

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-31 1:06]

You found a friend from home Leisa. I love their laughs, but I'm not sure about living too close to them.
Nicely captured, I think he is homesick too. Well done mate,

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