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Bushman's Clock

By SteveMoulding    
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.

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Tags: Australia Kingfisher Kookaburra Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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clicknimagine 8 221 88
17 Mar 2010 12:30PM
three beautiful shots...

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17 Mar 2010 12:37PM
Three great shots Steve

excellent captures steve,well taken.ray
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
17 Mar 2010 12:44PM
Three wonderful images v3 sharpness on that eye is grand and good information too good stuff Colin
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 12:48PM
Lovely images.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 12:48PM
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
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
17 Mar 2010 1:07PM
3 interesting shots and I particularly like the 'pose' in V 3. Nice work, Steve.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 1:20PM
Three great shots but V3 has the edge today, great write up too.
17 Mar 2010 1:40PM
ANything kingfisher like gets my vote! I like no1 best for the inclusion of his tail. Hannah
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
17 Mar 2010 1:51PM
3 great captures Steve. Lovely bird...........Sandy
Swamiji 7 1 India
17 Mar 2010 2:05PM
Beautiful captures. Agree with Hannapple...... V1 for the tail!
Great writeup.
- Swamiji
Zoundz 8 25 1 Ireland
17 Mar 2010 2:23PM
Interesting write up - version two for me though - some lovely lines caught and a nice exposure! Smile Lovely.

Great shots - I like V2 best. Where did you take these if I may ask?
redshank 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 2:33PM
Three super images Steve,V2 for me.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 2:52PM
three brilliant detailed captures steve v2 for me today nice one Wink
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
17 Mar 2010 3:02PM
V3 for me. More eye detail, better comp, I think. Paul
fentiger 16 916 24 England
17 Mar 2010 3:11PM
a fine and detailed set of images. Perhaps No. 3 wins it for me.

photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
17 Mar 2010 3:13PM
super shots Steve
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 3:19PM
Nice shots, well caught.
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 3:19PM
Three superb images, Steve, V3 for me, the eye is brilliant.
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
17 Mar 2010 3:24PM
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.

8 10 10 England
17 Mar 2010 4:12PM
Three excellent images but V2 gets my click.
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 4:23PM
Great set Steve. Thanks for sharing.
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 4:26PM
Great shots, but V2 for me. Well done.
17 Mar 2010 5:17PM
Good pictures. A
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
17 Mar 2010 6:19PM
Very Interesting, V3 for me.
Wasn't there a song about 'Kookaburras'?

metro074 7 8 Australia
17 Mar 2010 6:38PM
Congratulation! A superb capture. 10/10
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 7:12PM
3 excellent captures Steve and a great write up too.
Ray42 9 3 England
17 Mar 2010 8:21PM
3 good shots and an excellent write to go with it
goso 11 2 1 Australia
17 Mar 2010 8:30PM
Three top "Jacko" pics Steve...Bill
Roly 10 Wales
17 Mar 2010 8:49PM
Good set of images and an interesting write up.
17 Mar 2010 9:41PM
Excellent images Steve and a cracking write up.
Techno Plus
9 2.4k 8 England
17 Mar 2010 9:48PM
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.
17 Mar 2010 10:09PM
What a great set of pictures. Wonderful
17 Mar 2010 10:37PM
Three great shots of an Aussie Icon. Nice work. Cheers Gordon
OAKEY 9 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 10:41PM
Great set of lovely images, but for me its V2 love the positioning in the frame. very well done Steve.
17 Mar 2010 11:37PM
great set all great v3 for me spot on
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 5:50AM
Fine series Steve
18 Mar 2010 8:17AM
Great set,
18 Mar 2010 9:53AM
Wonderful set of images!
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 10:52AM
Superb set
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
18 Mar 2010 12:52PM
Fascinating info, Steve. Thanks. And well done on these captures! Especially Vs 2 and 3.

18 Mar 2010 12:57PM
18 Mar 2010 1:50PM
A great set of shots.
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 3:11PM
Every one a winner....great job
Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 4:05PM
v2 for me,you see more of the bird and detail.......Mick
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
18 Mar 2010 5:39PM
Great captures.

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 6:57PM
Super set
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
18 Mar 2010 7:10PM
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.

FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
18 Mar 2010 8:02PM
Wonderful shots Dave, so envious, great write up too,

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

Actually Geoff, my nane's Steve.
rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 11:53PM
All three are so good. A fantastic set.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
20 Mar 2010 10:43PM
Three cracking shots Steve, well caught.

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