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Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/680 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-29 7:16
Viewed: 4196
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novarguineae) is the largest ‘kingfisher’ in the world, with some males reaching 50cm in length. They are a fairly common species of open forests, woodlands and many urban areas of eastern Australia. Their well-known laughing call, which is often conducted in duets, is a familiar sound of the Australian bush.
In urban areas they can become quite tame and will regularly come to verandas and bird feeders to take advantage of a free meal. In their more natural habitats, they feed on large insects, lizards, worms and small birds.
This one was taken at the café on top of Cambewarra Mountain, near Nowra.
Thanks for looking.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-29 7:25]
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Remarquable photo qui me fait découvrir de nouveau une espèce de Martin Pêcheurque je ne connaissais pas encore. Pour cela déjà un grand merci...DE plus la photo est vraiment très bien cadrée et suffisamment précise pour relever les détails de cet oiseau magnifique que j'espère rencontrer un jour.


Good shot of this Kookaburra Chris. Well composed with a good POV/pose. So you had coffee with your Kookaburra?..Nice combo! ;-)

Hi Chris,

Excellent portrait and well done on the composition and details.
You handled the Fuji well, excellent work.
Just wondering, was there glass at the tail, there is a horizontal red flare.


You've captured this lovely model really good.
The POV and composition are perfect, lighting really nice. The focus on the eye seems to be a bit soft, but overall the photo has great quality and I like it very much.

A beauty, Chris.
Still on my wish list, maybe next sprint I will get a kingsfisher.
Very good portrait, good composition and details.
Very well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-29 9:52]

I never seen one in real.This nice pose&good eye contact.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-29 11:44]

a great pose and a very nice shot....
beautiful Kookaburra that I never seen in my life...
very well done..

Very nice view of this bird, Chris! The clarity here is superb, and the depth of field really helps to set this bird apart and give it focus.

Hi Chris
I often heard of it spoken, but it is the premiere time that I see one of them, great shot

In a friendly way Christophe

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-29 13:09]

I like that laughing kookaburra of yours Chris,
I have a weakness for this marvelous bird. Great wild capture here, good composition good colours, we only can see this exemplar in the zoo, great job,
gr. Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-29 22:00]

Chris, I've never seen one of them. I'm not sure, but I guess we don't have them here in Brazil.

I like pose and vivid colors; excellent sharpness and details. It's also great the contrast between the bird and the bg.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-30 2:50]

Smile now, critique later :-)

Hi Chris

Super shot. Exposure is spot on. Lovely pose with the head turn. Crisp, clear tack sharp detials. The perfect model. Nicely done! Thanks.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-31 7:59]

Good morning Chris,
What a great portrait! i like the composition and details, colours & sharpness are great. Very well done,

TFS,Have a nice day,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-31 8:02]

Belle prise Chris, la netteté et l'exposition sont parfaits.

Félicitations !

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-16 8:32]

Hi Chris
Great pose of the kookaburra on the pole or is it a window frame. The red sets off his white feathers beautifully. Lots of details.
Regards Toni

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