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Mad Aussie
09-29-2011, 10:20 PM
A Kookaburra about to take to the air ... note the blue on the wings ...
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6196288899_879b62dac2_o.jpg

Same bird a moment later ... note the blue isn't evident now. That's something I've never noticed before!
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6196289237_fc45bf31c3_o.jpg

JAS_Photo
10-01-2011, 02:11 PM
Cool stuff! Must be how the light hits the feathers!

Wicked Dark
10-01-2011, 02:19 PM
yeah, they must be iridescent or something. neat bird. great beak!

Mad Aussie
10-01-2011, 06:13 PM
Yeh I'm guessing so, seen about a 1000 Kookaburra and never noticed this before.

Michaelaw
10-07-2011, 09:28 PM
Cool looking bird MA, I think I remember you posting the sound they make a while back.

Mad Aussie
10-07-2011, 09:39 PM
Cool looking bird MA, I think I remember you posting the sound they make a while back.
Yeh the famous laughing kookaburra ... I think I mentioned the song as well :)

Hillbillygirl
10-10-2011, 09:35 AM
Very well done MA. Really like the angle of that second shot.
How close are you able to get to them, as I see shot at 22mm???? Our Kingfishers are so wary you usually have to find a spot that you know they use regularly and set up a blind, and wait for them.

Mad Aussie
10-10-2011, 04:57 PM
Very well done MA. Really like the angle of that second shot.
How close are you able to get to them, as I see shot at 22mm???? Our Kingfishers are so wary you usually have to find a spot that you know they use regularly and set up a blind, and wait for them.
Ignore the 22mm ... that's not accurate. I was using my 100-400 lens. It depends on Kookaburra, and what you are doing. At some picnic areas, where they are used to people, and have been fed by humans, they'll land on your table. Usually though, if you get to about 5 metres you are doing well, which is fine as they are a decent sized bird. The normal kingfishers though are very wary and I can't get anywhere near them!

Lizardqing
10-10-2011, 05:23 PM
Maybe he is signaling the tower that he is about to take off.

Pretty cool though and nice photos of it. When I saw the name I thought it was one of those creatures people talk about.

Mad Aussie
10-11-2011, 02:43 AM
Maybe he is signaling the tower that he is about to take off.

Pretty cool though and nice photos of it. When I saw the name I thought it was one of those creatures people talk about.
What creatures are those Lizard?

asnow
10-11-2011, 07:31 PM
What a cool looking bird. Like HBG like the angle of the second shot.

Mad Aussie
10-12-2011, 01:51 AM
What a cool looking bird. Like HBG like the angle of the second shot.
Thanks Asnow.

I thought everyone knew what a Kookaburra was!! They are so common here.