Blue-winged Kookaburra

While looking for crocodiles (unsuccessfully), Dad and I came across this Blue-winged Kookaburra at Freshwater Point, near Sarina. He was surprisingly tame and I was able to get close enough to fill the frame (about 4-4.5m).

View all photos taken: Friday, 1st October 2010, This photo: 5:04pm

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  • hairygit1965 said:
    great shot
  • Xenedis said:
    You've gotta be happy with that.
    I'd crop away some of the top, but otherwise, lovely image. Lots of detail and the light was kind to you and this little feller.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairygit] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenedis] Yes, I was tempted to crop (and probably will eventually), but wanted to post "as is" to illustrate just how close I got to this guy.
  • sportmanqld said:
    Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
    merry merry king is of the bush is he
    laugh Kookaburra laugh
    how gay your life must be
    Old words but somehow still fairly apt.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sportmanqld] Indeed! If only he was on a gum tree and not a treated pine fence.
  • accesser said:
    Excellent details David and the color/WB is really natural
  • James Lagden said:
    Well done.
  • SkattyKat said:
    As said in AP - he needs a bath :-)
    Love the shot though David - awesome detail
  • A1StudioPhotography said:
    High class Photography, my friend.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Cute little one ;)
  • Adam Randell said:
    Sharp detail & colours David!!
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Best photo of these guys I've seen yet ( other then the zoo) fantastic detail.
  • bradchiplin said:
    The colour in those wings is bloody amazing. Always nice to get to something so close that's so pretty. Top work David!
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    Wonderful image. So sharp and clear
    I really like your animal photo!
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  • looby88 said:
    I wouldnt crop it, just to be different, the blue at the top echoes the fluff under his wing, hes much prettier and far less dangerous than some old crocodile too !
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    Good one, Dave !
  • Stephen M Reid said:
    I love the northern variant of the kookaburra however find the laugh of this one quite disturbing when used to the southern counterpart. Great shot.
  • Maureen Bond said:
    so gorgeous, I have never seen one before, thanks for sharing a fab image, kudos!
  • Steven Yoon said:
    Simply beautiful. This is one bird on my wish list when I visit Australia. My friend from Perth told me they are attracted by BBQ?
  • sevenbrane said:
    What a cool bird!
  • aiRRia said:
    SUBLIME shot! very cool dute bird :o)
    Congrats with EXPLORE!
    Regards from Ria
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  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser] Not bad for an overcast afternoon. Had to pump up the ISO for shutter speed though.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameslagden] Thanks James, was good to get some birding in.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrine-carter] Sure does need a bath, but he didn't seem to care ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/a1studiophotography] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kanegledhill] Indeed - speaking of cute-little-ones... where are the photos eh ? :P
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/36021204@N03] Thanks Adam. Didn't get a lot of photography in on the holiday - rained a good portion of the time we were there, so it was good to get a couple of bird shots when I could.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/wombat44] My bird book says they occur as far south as Brisbane, but I've yet to see any around these parts.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradchiplin] Absolutely Brad. 'twas quite surprised when he let me get as close as that out in the open.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexandraphotos] Thanks Alexandra. Good to see these guys out in the wild. :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] Be that as it may, I've shot these before, but I've never seen a wild crocodile. :P We went to one beach near here that had a recent crocodile sighting, and despite there being bait in the water (2 dogs and their owners), there was no crocodile to be seen :(
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mnmleung] Thanks Ming :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/smreid] I've yet to hear what sound these guys make. The few I've seen have always been silent.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureenbond] They're more common up north.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/shark_spin] Normal Kookaburras (the Laughing Kookaburra) is easily spotted and does indeed hang around BBQs. This variety (the Blue-winged Kookaburra) is somewhat harder to come by.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sevenbrane] Quite so :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/34667163@N03] Thanks Ria :)
  • contiflex said:
    A lovely little bird, the colour of his feathers are almost like opal, well done!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/54303895@N03] Quite :)
  • tOM lOIS wINDSON said:
    pERFCET sHOT!! ..wELL dONE..


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  • Olympe B. said:
    just amazing!!!!
  • Soleil is me. said:
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  • Kcam12 said:
    What a beautiful image!! Congrats on Explore!!
  • _SG_ said:
    fantastic work - found in explore!
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  • Nuno S.Sousa said:
    beautiful photo
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  • Big Max Power-Leg broken, so I comment your photo said:
    Stunning shot, congrats
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    Big Max Power
  • Weapon X™ said:
    Very nice pic! love it
    Have a nice day.
  • smbrooks_2000 said:
    Great shot! Love the colors!
  • Eugine (Through My Lens, Through My Eyes.) said:
    Fabulous picture!

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  • Pedro Núñez said:
    nice colors
  • Ross_M said:
    Wonderful close up detail.
  • mandalaybus said:
    Brilliant in every way!
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    I can't add anything, but another "great shot!" comment! I just hate favoriting without leaving a comment as to why. Well, I can add that this is incredibly crisp!
  • flipkeat said:
    great to see this beauty. wow..cool shot.
    greetings from Southern Ontario, Canada!
  • nature bee said:
    So nice
  • -Bennie- said:
    Well done Dave.... It's surprising, I recently did some shooting and managed to capture a Kookaburra he was tame as well.
    They really are a lovely bird and blue winged ones are divine!
    Lovely photo my friend!
    Cheers.
    bennie
  • Mahdi Ahmed said:
    Amazing capture
  • CMCaulfield said:
    Very well done!
  • elsie.B said:
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  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/53877852@N04] ขอบคุณ
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/olympe16] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kornrawiee] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kbundi] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/goerner] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nunosousa] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-max-power] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesaintcouk] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/8716587@N08] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedronunez] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/silvergold] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/53559268@N02] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mahdi-ahmed] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/28313104@N07] Thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_m] Kinda handy in that I could get that close to start with. Was rapidly approaching minimum focus distance.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/unrelatedpatterns] Yeah it's sometimes hard to comment on something without sounding glib. Thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/flipkeat] Greetings from Down Under ;-) At least the temperature would be more agreeable up your way at the moment.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bf737] Thanks Bennie. Yes Kookaburras seem to have taken to suburban living and the presence of people quite well.
  • Lainey1 said:
    Wow. What an odd bird! Love the name too.
  • Jasper Josue said:
    fantastic! wow. this is amazing, excellent timing!
  • Chris Wofford said:
    excellent!
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Is that a new lens you have? How do you find it? Is it very heavy?
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lainer] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasperphotostream] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/w4graphics] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/42495072@N00] Nah, I've had this one for ages. 400/5.6L
    It's relatively light, quite hand-holdable, no IS though so you need to be steady or pump up the ISO.
  • Burdr said:
    This photo was featured in a Burdr Flickr Roundup! Thanks so much for adding it to the Burdr Flickr Group!
  • PerAnd1 said:
    Wonderful bird photo !
  • Waleed Almunayes «KWS» said:
    well catch
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  • Rainbow_Panda said:
    This is gorgeous :) I love the blue colour on his wing!
  • gingmaganda™isWaitingForTheBus♥ said:
    that is one serious bird. love the shot :)
  • coach48 said:
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    Coach
  • Addy se vrou said:
    gorgeous!!