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Blue-winged Kookaburra

Blue-winged 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: 2004-11-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Australia, 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-27 6:00
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 53
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) is of the largest kingfishers in the world with a length of 40cm. They are distributed through the tropical and sub-tropical woodlands of northern Australia. They are an uncommon terrestrial predator, foraging on lizards, small snakes, small mammals and occasionally birds. Their call is bizarre and always attracts attention; it is described by Graham Pizzey (Field Guide to Birds of Australia) as “a series of appalling, gruntal ‘klock klocks’, developing into a cacophony of mechanical squawks and screeches” often in chorus between two or three individuals. It is totally different to the more familiar call of the Laughing Kookaburra.
We found this one at Wangi Falls, in Litchfield National Park. It is a male, identified by the blue rump; females have a brownish rump and barred tail.
Cropped slightly from the original and 50% USM applied.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-27 6:14]
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jajaja... parece que hubieras apretado la imagen y que el ave fuese más corta de lo que realmente es.
Excelente captura con agudeza y buenos detalles sobre el cuerpo del pajarraco.
Existe algo de ruido en el fondo de la imagen... pero no desmerece la presentacion del Kookaburra.

Excellent capture with sharpness and good details on the body of the ugly bird.
exists something of noise of the image to bottom... but be unworthy of the presentation of the Kookaburra.
jajaja... seems that you had constrained the image and that the bird was shorter of which really it is.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-11-27 8:01]
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Hi Chis
Formiddable hardware this guy is boasting, this is a new one to me, thanks for posting, he is a lovely 'fisher!
When using USM, fade it a bit, then it is less obvious - it must enhance the picture evere to slightly, without being obvious.

As mentioned in a note, the S5000 is not a DSLR.
You did well in capturing this bird and the image is clear and sharp and detailed.
Well done on your work.


A very descriptive image withplenty of detail. I am impressed, I did not know that existed 40 Cm. kingfishers.
The head seems to be very big.
Very good note.

Very nice Chris.
The bird looks very funny with the big head.
Nice composition and colours.
Good note.
Well done.

very nice shot of this beauty!
good compo and dof.colours are good too, and so are the details.good shot!

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-27 10:25]

This is an excellent shot Chris. He has a very huge head for his bodysize. Interesting post. Good job

I must say that I have not seen this birds before it,thanks for poting,Chris,well captured and real colors are a great point for this shot,too.good note,wonderful,really,...nicely composed between branches,too.

I can hear the sound still piercing my ears ... nice portrait , wish it was a notch sharper ...

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-27 23:05]

I still cant get used to the size of this birds head. The image is sharp with good detail. Very well done.

Thanks for posting

Interesting shot - excellent sharpness and DOF. As others have noted, the size of the head just doesn't seem right. Hard to believe it can fly.

Wow, Crhis,. Another lovely speciman from your neck of the woods. You got him good. Nice eye details and the blue wings. Well done.

Beautiful composition, the proportions enter the head and the body are impressive,Very great shot

Great composition. nice colors could have been a bit more sharp.
Well done

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-28 17:34]

Wait for ages and two come along at once. Beautiful pose and capture. His head looks to large for the body! Very nice work Chris.

Haven’t seen one of these guys before. What a bulky head? The hint of blue makes it almost a beautiful bird. But I love the photo. Very well captured.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-01 22:06]

Chris, quite a different bird. I had never seen any similar to this.

Apart from that, the shot is great. Sharpness and good composition.



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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-04 19:36]

This Blue-winged Kookaburra is very nice, great colours and light,excellent sharpness and DOF.
Very well done Chris,

Interesting shot,Another lovely speciman from your work.

Nice shot, it looks like a dwarf, with that big head. Formidable beak too. According to your note it doesn't eat "fish", alltough its a kingfisher, interesting.

Chris I go to an older shot from you,
I love Kookaburra, an your shot is realy nice, the composing is great the colours are fantastic, the pof is good, well I just love it, great job

Interesting note - I didn't know that there were varieties of kookaburros - thanks! Your shot is a good one in itself, and its great to see the bird in natural surroundings.

Hi Chris,

it is a small world. I think I have a picture of a bird of the same family - at Wangi Falls.
Will post it the next couple of days.
Did you ever try to identify single Kookas?

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-17 10:54]

One of the birds I never saw before. I've heard a lot about this bird and your picture makes me more curious.
Well done! My compliments.


This is not the first one I see on TN, but this one has a real personality. I can't believe the proportion between head and body. Strange bird (must be intelligent, I guess :))) . Well done, Chris!

stunning capture!! wonderful looking bird!!!! excellent pose and eye contact. Slightly unforgiving background though, an excellent piece of work still.

Beauty mate. Great capture.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-24 17:11]

hello chris
it is interesting and different bird for me
it resembles a kingfisher in its thumbnail photo
i like composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours and informative note
thanks for sharing

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