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My laughing friend ...

My laughing friend ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/8 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 9:01
Viewed: 4258
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I always love to see Kingfisher-birds, they are so beautiful and special.
I never thought I would capture such a bird in my life - they are so shy.

But now I had the chance - not in free nature, they are not common here in Europe.
Now I'm happy to show you this shot ...

It's a Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, this is an Australian carnivorous bird in the Kingfisher family. This species of kookaburra is well known for its laughing call.

Thanks for looking and any words, have a good week ...

Morigann, jaycee, nglen, siggi, eng55, uleko, Noisette, NinaM, haraprasan, Alex99, Maite, Juyona, horia, pvb, PaulH, CeltickRanger, peter_stoeckl, valy67, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Hello Wishnu,
this is a beautiful close up of the Dacelo novaeguineae.
I like the pose of the bird. Very fine details in your capture, with a good lighting.
Very well done
Best regards

hello Wishnu
great macro picture
good details and very sharpness
beautiful haed
greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-02 10:51]

Hi Sabine,

A delightful portrait of this Kookaburra. I would LOVE to see one myself. You must have been very close to get such good details of his face and feathers. Beautiful colors and I love his eye!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-02 10:52]

Hi Sabine. Now this is what i call a close up of this unusual bird. Yes you can see it comes from the Kingfisher family. You have taken this with excellent detail and natural colours. I lik the light in the large eye. well done TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-02 11:02]

Hi Sabine,

The light in bird's eye looks excelent. The portret of the bird is very expresive as POV was well chosen and image quality is high.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-02 11:09]

Hallo Sabine,
Einfach schön! Hab eine Australische Münze bekommen wo er abgebildet ist. Er kuck so vertrauensvoll Dich an. Sehr interessantes Portrait so nah das die Struktur der federn perfekt zu sehen ist.Liebe Grüße Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-02 11:20]

Hallo Sabine,
Excellent portrait.POV,crisp clear eyes,expression on face and details are wonderful.I liked your friend a lot:)
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-02 11:32]

Hello Wishnu,
A beautiful portrait of a Kookaburra. Very nice eye-contact. Excellent sharpness and details. The eye is splendid. Beautiful natural colours and POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-02 12:03]

Hello Sabine,
A wonderful close-up of a Kookaburra with great focus on the eye. Excellent sharpness and natural colours too. Cheeky little birds that used to come to our Lodge in Queensland and beg for food!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Great shot of this Kookaburra Sabine.
Great clarity and reflection in that eye.
Nice work.

Ciao Sabine, superb portrait with fantastic details, perfect focus on eye and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Sabine
Sie haben recht Kingfishers sind ganz speziale Vögel, ich habe sie bis jetzt nur auf Fotos gesehen. Was für eine chance für sie , einen in echt zu sehen wenn auch nicht in freier Natur.
Das Bild ist sehr schön mit guten Farben undSchärfe
Mir gefällt besonders der Glanz in seinem Auge
Ich wünche ihnen auch eine gute Woche

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-02 18:30]

Sabine, you are incredible to take a picture of this bird so close! And it has a lot of details, we see the tiny feathers making a smooth pattern on its chest. Beautiful work, the lighting is perfect and so is the sharpness! You show us a great bird with intelligence in its eyes, thank you,


hello sabine,
what a beautiful pose yopu have got here, excellent eye contact, i liked the tight composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-03 0:07]

Very nice portrait,Wishnu!
Sharpness,details and colors are marvellous. TFS

Magnifica foto com exelente qualidade e nitides da para ver o brilho do dia no olho do passaro exelente parabéns.

very beautiful portrait of a cute bird !
It's a sharp picture with fine details , good light and perfect DOF ,
great POV ,
well done !

Hi Sabine,
A nice capture of this beautiful K0okabura. Very nice portrait. Very good details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-03 10:31]

Hi Sabine.
I share your happiness. The bird is really amazing as well as your superb close-up. Simply great pose of the bird and its glance. I also impressed with nice framing of the bird. Details and presentation of all features of the beauty are wonderful. Bravo and my compliments. It is great luck.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-02-03 13:06]
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Wow!! What a marvellous portrait of this lovely and beautiful kingfisher! I really love these birds and I love this fantastic picture.
Congratulations, Sabine.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-03 18:21]

Hello Wishnu,
Very nice close up, He's looking right up to you! Great POV and
wonderful composition... Well done


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-04 1:17]

Hola Sabine,
bonito retrato y detalles,
nitidez y hermoso plumaje.
el pico es realmente poderoso.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-04 6:53]

Hi Sabine

I see you've got a new camera ;) Congrats and i hope it will bring you many lovely photos. I've read some very nice reviews about that model.
This is a lovely shot taken with it.
The kingfisher is presented here with loads of excellent details and from a very good close-up level.
The natural colors of this bird stand out well and the overall exposure is well managed, too.
There is a little bit of a noise here and there, but that is to be expected from a compact camera with a higher ISO.
Anyway, nice work.

Bravo and TFS

  • Tamrock Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 0 N: 290] (1928)
  • [2009-02-04 9:56]

hi wishnu!
what a great portrait with
good sharpness and fine exposure
i like that very fine eye
good work!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-04 11:52]

Hallo Sabine,
Very good looking portrait of this bird. I can see he laughs a lot because it looks to me like he has a smile on his face.
Very good details with good light. Was this taking inside or out.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Holland
TFS Paula

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-04 17:26]

Lovely shot of the Kookaburra. Thye can be so noisy - we stayed in a house in the country in Queensland, Aust, and one woke us up so early - what a noise!!
He looks very inquisitive in this photo - good eye contact

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-06 12:26]

Huge amounts of character in this portrait Sabine, the details and clarity are both excellent too - very well done.

hello Sabine

before i became member of TN i never loved
portrait photographys of birds/wild animals,
little by little with beautiful photographys like yours
i start to love portrait photos of birds,

very beautiful portrait photography of this bird,
shot with fine POV, superb focus on the bird,
great sharpness and details of its plumage,
beautiful off focus blurred background,
i wen to see your camera and it is a point & shoot / bridge
and your photography has the same excellent composition
as a DSLR, you managed superbly your camera,
and to finnish i love the expression on the galnce of this bird,



Hallo Sabine,
Dein Kookaburry verbreitet Heiterkeit und Freude, wie er so keck in aller Fülle den Rahmen sprengt. Feine Details, zarte Farben, schwungvoll bewegte Komposition.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-07 23:27]

Hallo Sabine !
Wow, das ist eine tolles BIld ! Mir gefällt dieser lachende Vogel sehr ! Die Details auf den Federn sind super, die Farben sehen natürliche aus, die KOmposition une der POV sind auch sehr schön, une der Vogel selbst ist wunderbar. Vielen Dank und schöne Grüsse aus dem Frankreich !

Hi Wishnu,

The close0-up point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors the Kingfisher bird. The subject is well frame. The picture is clear and sharp. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.


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