Blue-winged Kookaburra

Dacelo leachii.

These guys are impressive to see in flight with their very blue wings and blue back.

View all photos taken: Friday, 3rd July 2009, This photo: 3:53pm

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  • accesser said:
    Nice, That's pretty different looking than the run of the mill kookaburra's we get around here. The yellow color in the old tree is a nice touch.
  • «€ugene» said:
    Nice shot David. Pretty looking bird.
    Did you see that one I snapped yesterday?
  • mitchell burns said:
    awsome shot
  • maasha said:
    They don't laugh - they just giggle.
    I hit one of these with the Retro Rocket once ...
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Great catch David. I remember you pointing one of these guys out at Girrween that time.
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure is. I always look out for these guys when heading north (as I've not seen any in the Greater Brisbane area). Supposedly they occur as far south as 50km SW on Brisbane, but I've not seen them there.
    Aye, not a bad effort :)
    Thanks! You should get these out your way.
    Indeed :P Alas, all Kookaburras aren't very road-smart (not as bad as Galah's, but still pretty daft around cars).
    Hmmm, yeah there may have been one there. I'd forgotten that.
  • mitchell burns said:
    well i haven't seen any here b4, only the brown one :)
  • fatimka said:
    looks a little scary :) great catch..
  • James Lagden said:
    Good find Dave
  • SkattyKat said:
    Nice looking bird Dave, great capture
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well keep an eye out ;-)
    They do look a bit more evil than the standard ones ;-)
    Thanks James :) I was hoping for an in-flight shot, but it didn't happen.
    Thanks Kath :)
  • Thea M said:
    Wow. Looks fantastic in large. Very funky looking bird.
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty nifty eh ? His head feathers wouldn't usually be pointing up like that - caught in the breeze.
  • Ross_M said:
    quite graphic, almost abstract. Nice work Dave
  • David de Groot said:
    The late afternoon sun certainly changed the feel of the shot, that's for sure.
  • AlexandraPhotos said:
    I really love the look of the blue wing kookaburras. Wonderful shot with that amazing blue sky.
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alexandra, they are indeed very pretty Kookaburras :)
  • AustralisWilds said:
    These guys have always had me liking them more than the Laughing Kooka. I just can't resist the colour. Great shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    They definitely have a more striking colour scheme than the regular Laughing variety.