Photographer's Note

On a request from cdewet, I am posting this picture of a Kookaburra. I am pretty sure that this is a blue winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii), that can be found in the northern parts of Australia and also in New Guinea.

Kookaburras are of the kingfisher family, as you can probably see and can be found in various shapes all over Australia. They have a very special raw laughing sound that is very common in the australian woodlands, I tried to recreate it in the title. This is especially true for the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) that is more common in the southern half of Australia as well as Tasmania.

The picture is scanned from a 13 year old paper copy, pretty decent for such I think. this was taken in the wild with a 50mm lens so I was pretty close. Postprocessing included cropping, level adjustments, selective brightning of the bird, and 50% unsharp mask.

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