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Three lovely Kookaburra's, they don't hang around in one place long, so I was quite pleased to get these shots. Info gleened from one of my books.
Kookaburras, known as the Laughing Jackasses of Australia, are from the family Kingfishers. Similar to other kingfishers, Kookaburras have a stout and compact body, short neck, rather long and pointed bill and short legs.
Kookaburras are 17 inches in height, the upper parts dark brown, the wings spotted gray-blue. A white band separates the head from the body. There is a dark stripe through the eye, and the under parts are white. The strong bill is black.
Kookaburras inhabit woodland areas of eastern and south western Australia.
The Kookaburra's rolling, laughing call is one of the best-known sounds in the animal world. The birds raise a wild chorus of crazy laughter as they go to roost in the treetops at dusk, and again wake everyone within hearing just as dawn breaks, so regularly that in the hinterlands of Australia they are know as the "bushman's clock."
Australians value the Kookaburra, not only as an intriguing member of the strange fauna, but for its habit of feeding on snakes and lizards. The Kookaburra seizes snakes behind the head and kills them by dropping them from a height, or else carries them to a perch and batters them senseless with its big bill before swallowing them.
Less welcome is the Kookaburra's fondness for the young of other birds, and its occasional raids on farmyards for ducklings and baby chicks.
The Australian aborigines have a legend about the Kookaburra. When the sun rose for the first time, the god Bayame ordered the kookaburra to utter its loud, almost human laughter in order to wake up mankind so that they should not miss the wonderful sunrise. The aborigines also believed that any child who insulted a kookaburra would grow an extra slanting tooth.
It took me quite a while to get these shots and I hope you like them. Their call is quite ear piercing when close-by.
Many thanks for all the C&C's on my last uploads, all are very much appreciated. A special thankyou to Andy (newty1) for his UA.
Hopefully I will be well enough and out this weekend, the 1st time in over three weeks.
Enjoy everyone and best wishes.
Steve.

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Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bushman's Clock
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:17 Mar 2010 - 12:23 PM
Tags:Australia, Close-up / macro, Kingfisher, Kookaburra, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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clicknimagine
17 Mar 2010 - 12:30 PM

three beautiful shots...

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Three great shots Steve

Chris

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raygregson
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17 Mar 2010 - 12:37 PM

excellent captures steve,well taken.ray

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 12:44 PM

Three wonderful images v3 sharpness on that eye is grand and good information too good stuff Colin

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franken
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17 Mar 2010 - 12:48 PM

Lovely images.

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barbarahirst
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17 Mar 2010 - 12:48 PM

My aunt living in the outback used to feed the local kookburras with left over steak
But that is Australia for you !!
3 lovely shots here

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RonnieAG
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17 Mar 2010 - 1:07 PM

3 interesting shots and I particularly like the 'pose' in V 3. Nice work, Steve.
Ronnie.

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Lillian
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17 Mar 2010 - 1:20 PM

Three great shots but V3 has the edge today, great write up too.
Lillian

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hannapple
hannapple  6 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 - 1:40 PM

ANything kingfisher like gets my vote! I like no1 best for the inclusion of his tail. Hannah

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Daisymaye
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17 Mar 2010 - 1:51 PM

3 great captures Steve. Lovely bird...........Sandy

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Swamiji
Swamiji  4 India1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 2:05 PM

Beautiful captures. Agree with Hannapple...... V1 for the tail!
Great writeup.
- Swamiji

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Zoundz
Zoundz  5 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 2:23 PM

Interesting write up - version two for me though - some lovely lines caught and a nice exposure! Smile Lovely.

xx

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finepetportraits

Great shots - I like V2 best. Where did you take these if I may ask?

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 2:33 PM

Three super images Steve,V2 for me.
Martin

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 2:52 PM

three brilliant detailed captures steve v2 for me today nice one Wink
andy

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 3:02 PM

V3 for me. More eye detail, better comp, I think. Paul

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 3:11 PM

a fine and detailed set of images. Perhaps No. 3 wins it for me.

Albert

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photophantom
17 Mar 2010 - 3:13 PM

super shots Steve
Dennis

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TonyDy
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17 Mar 2010 - 3:19 PM

Nice shots, well caught.
Tony

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Jekaro
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17 Mar 2010 - 3:19 PM

Three superb images, Steve, V3 for me, the eye is brilliant.
Roy

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 3:24 PM

So enjoyed the write-up as well as viewing 3 fantastic images. V2 is my favourite but clearly it was well worth your wait to capture this set.

Ann

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 4:12 PM

Three excellent images but V2 gets my click.
Joan.

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Brian65
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17 Mar 2010 - 4:23 PM

Great set Steve. Thanks for sharing.
Brian

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vickyf
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17 Mar 2010 - 4:26 PM

Great shots, but V2 for me. Well done.

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17 Mar 2010 - 5:17 PM

Good pictures. A

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 6:19 PM

Very Interesting, V3 for me.
Wasn't there a song about 'Kookaburras'?

Robert

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17 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

Congratulation! A superb capture. 10/10
Carol

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 7:12 PM

3 excellent captures Steve and a great write up too.
Steve

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 8:21 PM

3 good shots and an excellent write to go with it

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17 Mar 2010 - 8:30 PM

Three top "Jacko" pics Steve...Bill

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Roly  7 Wales
17 Mar 2010 - 8:49 PM

Good set of images and an interesting write up.

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bromley-smith
17 Mar 2010 - 9:41 PM

Excellent images Steve and a cracking write up.
Tony

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Techno
Techno  61006 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 9:48 PM

Beautifully taken threesome, if I had to choose well V3 brown eyed handsome.........
Excellent write up and how on earth did you keep within your baggage allowance, thatís a big heavy lens isnít it Steve.
Mal

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wideangler
17 Mar 2010 - 10:09 PM

What a great set of pictures. Wonderful

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Bowenite  4 Australia
17 Mar 2010 - 10:37 PM

Three great shots of an Aussie Icon. Nice work. Cheers Gordon

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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 - 10:41 PM

Great set of lovely images, but for me its V2 love the positioning in the frame. very well done Steve.
Shaun

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johnjones  5 England
17 Mar 2010 - 11:37 PM

great set all great v3 for me spot on
jj

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dmhuynh72
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18 Mar 2010 - 5:50 AM

Fine series Steve
regards
Yung

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Alan_Baseley
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18 Mar 2010 - 8:17 AM

Great set,
Alan

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peterellison
18 Mar 2010 - 9:53 AM

Wonderful set of images!
Peter.

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 10:52 AM

Superb set

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ChiliMan
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18 Mar 2010 - 12:52 PM

Fascinating info, Steve. Thanks. And well done on these captures! Especially Vs 2 and 3.

A.

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18 Mar 2010 - 12:57 PM

superb

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PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 - 1:50 PM

A great set of shots.
Peter

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 3:11 PM

Every one a winner....great job
Gerry

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Natzdad
Natzdad  529 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 4:05 PM

v2 for me,you see more of the bird and detail.......Mick

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18 Mar 2010 - 5:39 PM

Great captures.

Rock

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bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 - 6:57 PM

Super set
John

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AshTree  51702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2010 - 7:10 PM

Superb shots and an interesting write up - I didn't realise they were of the kingfisher family, but the similarity is quite clear, especially in V2.

Theresa

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18 Mar 2010 - 8:02 PM

Wonderful shots Dave, so envious, great write up too,
Geoff.

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19 Mar 2010 - 9:02 AM


Quote: Wonderful shots Dave, so envious, great write up too,
Geoff.

Actually Geoff, my nane's Steve.

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19 Mar 2010 - 11:53 PM

All three are so good. A fantastic set.
RJ.

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20 Mar 2010 - 10:43 PM

Three cracking shots Steve, well caught.
Pete.

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