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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The king of kingfishers



 Laughing Kookaburra, Mildura Base Hospital

There are lots of resident kookaburra's in Mildura, which I love because it gives that sense of place when you expect to see something and you do! 

I had always thought they mainly just ate skinks and other reptiles, until one day I saw one dive down to catch a fish. There have also been sightings of them catching yabbies. I did see recently a photo of a kookaburra destroying the body of New Holland Honeyeater, but the question was asked whether it was a scavenged find rather than a brutal intra-class killing!

I'm interested to know how dark these pics are on other people's computer screens… 


18 comments:

  1. Beautiful birds and I especially like the last photo where you have just caught the spread tail!
    Yes, the photos are a little dark but well able to be seen with good detail.

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  2. Hi, I'm back to answer your question re the PO nesting around here. There are just too many people around the shoreline and I have only once found a pair with young and that was further up one of the creeks in a much more secluded area. I have been told the nesting success is much better further south and I suspect our birds get replaced from down there.

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  3. Beautiful photos just a little bit dark.

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  4. Hi Andrea; lovely photos of the kooka' - you asked about the darkness - yes dark/appearing heavily shaded images showing on my desktop. I'm assuming you're using a laptop and it's hard to know quite how much to edit when you have a non-fixed monitor. They're still though very clear.

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  5. fascinating bird. love the tail spread you caught on the last shot! they are a tiny bit dark but completely enjoyable to view!

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  6. Oh Boy, they eat Skinks and Yabbies ... you left me in the dark with your descriptions. The photos, though a little dark, are still clear enough to see good detail ... beautiful bird and wonderful pictures. Someytime when you have a moment, I am really curious ... Skinks and Yabbies ... hmmmm:)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  7. A great bird and they make a funny sound. Your photos are very good and not dark (seen with a small laptop).

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  8. Great shots of your Kookaburra! I would love to see one in the wild someday.

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  9. Awesome ...... Gotta come over to see one of these

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  10. Nice pictures.

    The difference between images on different screens can be rather marked at times - shame really.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Hi. A great bird but a bit noisey. great shots of it

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  12. I'd love to see that bird ... And hear it even...great pictures. They are a little dark compared to your swans below, but the feather patterns are perfectly visible and they look perfect for forest shots! Pin reading on my IPad.

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  13. I'm reading on my IPAD, which has a mind of its own obviously! Pin reading? LOL

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  14. One of my favourite birds when I visited Australia. I was really fortunate to see an entire family at one location in NSW.

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