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Kookaburra


Kookaburra
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-06 2:09
Viewed: 3462
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are large to very large (total length 2842 cm/11-17 in) terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea, the name a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, which is onomatopoeic of its call.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which is uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the well-known Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). 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.
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
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Hello Les,
A nice shot of a Kookaburra taken from a nice low POV on the ground with its prey that looks like a species of cricket (they play that too in Oz!:)).
The sharpness and colours are good too but the BG is a bit too busy to allow the bird to stand out.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

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