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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Through my Window.

While sitting at the computer I suddenly saw my favourite bird through the window.

It is a laughing Kookaburra. It belongs to the Kingfisher family.

Its call sounds like laughter. It is a meat eater. It is often seen eating lizards and snakes. It picks them up in its strong beak and beats them to death on a branch. It can also pinch your steak off the BBQ or your plate.

It was so obliging to turn around to show you its tail. I can't believe how clear the shots turned out considering they were taken through the glass window.

Off it goes but I didn't have the camera set for movement...still learning.


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19 comments:

  1. Oh Diane, these photos of this bird are incredible. You are doing wonders with that new camera of yours. What a gorgeous bird too!

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  2. A wonderful series of photographs of the kookaburra, Diane. Dontworry about capturing the movement just yet. The others are superb.

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  3. Great photos! I love the sound the Kookaburras make. My daughter loves Australia! She took some college classes in Sidney. She told me that when she was on a tour a Kookaburra stole a sandwich from a fellow's plate, when he was away from the table, and the man only spoke German and he didn't understand or believe that a bird took his sandwich. I wonder if he still thinks that people were playing a trick on him?

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  4. Those are really great shots! I have never seen a picture of a kookaburra before so I did not know it was a bird. Thank you for my lesson today.

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  5. That's for me the most beautiful and interesting bird in the whole world ! and I love its laughter, it's too funny ! Sometimes I scare my friends with this. I have a link on my computer with its laughter !

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  6. Hi Diane great photos of the kookaburra hope you don't mind, though it is a Laughing Kookaburra, not a Blue-winged.

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  7. Diane, you are right, I would love to see your Kiikabuura. Great photos!

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  8. Great photos of the kookaburra. I had some starting to frequent my yard a while back but then the Willie Wagtails drove them away.

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  9. Hi Mum,
    Great shots! You'd never guess they were taken through glass.

    I remember the Kookies laughing at me as I walked to school loaded down with my sports bag, hockey stick, trumpet and music stand! kooKooKaakaahahahaaa

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  10. Hi Diane. Yes, these shots are great...can't even tell it was through a window. I remember learning some song when I was a youngster about the kookabura...he sure does have a big head for his little body. I guess he needs it to support his strong beak!

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  11. Wonderful photos, Diane. They are so colourful up close, and that beak certainly looks like it could chop up your steak as well as steal it...lol. I wish we could see and hear the Kookaburras more often.

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  12. I'm trying to imagine this guy flying off with a steak! He looks so well-mannered....

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  13. Great photos, and what a treat to get such a nice, close look at him!

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  14. Hi Diane, I'm catching up on blogs and think it will take me forever... ha

    Love seeing your pictures with Bernie. What a gorgeous young man. Your daughter is lucky!!!! Of course, he's the lucky one--having her in his life.

    I have always heard about a Kookaburra---but have never ever seen one before. There's a camp song I know about a Kookaburra in an old gum tree. Heard it?????

    Glad to be home --after 3 trips back to back!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. Wow - those shots are amazing! And the bird is so cute - looks like he's smiling..no wasy feat with a beak! I thought "Oh how cute" then read how he smashes snakes against branches! He's a lean-mean-killing-machine :-)

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  16. Incredible shots of the Kookaburra Diane! I crack up whenever I hear their call. I simply must get to Australia sometime soon. You have such marvelous birds and animals down there.

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  17. These pictures are wonderful. I've never seen such good pictures of a Kookaburra.

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  18. OH! I got to see one! A KOOKABURRA! I love the song about them, I sing to my children and grandchildren all the time and NOW I GOT TO SEE ONE!!!

    OH! Joy!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  19. I have never seen a Kookaburra before but I've heard it's laugh many times in old movies in places it shouldn't be like Africa and South America. Great pictures.

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