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Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra (Image ID 39246)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 26th Mar, 1996 and uploaded on Sat 22nd Feb, 2020 .
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CommentThe Laughing Kookaburra is not native to Western Australia, but was introduced here in 1898 from the Eastern States. Thriving in WA, ever since it has spread over most of the south-western corner of the state. It is common in the Perth metro area, where its amusing call is often one’s alarm clock. It is territorial and lives in family parties with previous hatchlings helping with the hunting and feeding a current clutch of 2-3 chicks. Preferring woodlands, the Laughing Kookaburra is often referred to as ‘the kingfisher that forgot to fish’. It feeds mainly on lizards, small snakes and large invertebrates, but the author once encountered a Laughing Kookaburra with an insatiable appetite for mice and don’t think that your pond goldfish are safe, either. The kookaburra is unpopular in the avian world as it will rob nests of other birds, with the added calamity that it competes with native species for nesting hollows. Lk Joondalup; DIAS (Fujichrome Velvia 50-ISO). Status: Least Concern
EquipmentPlease note that the original image is a diapositive (‘slide’) and that subsequently no Exif file is available. The Tiff file and final colours are somewhat saturated, but this is how photographers were conditioned in the days of using Fujichrome Velvia. Routinely, I would have used a shutter speed no faster than 1/250s and about f5.6, using Aperture Priority and the Nikon SB-26 flashgun set to ‘Rear Curtain Sync.’ Equipment used: Nikon F90s (exposure data unrecorded); Fujichrome Velvia 50 at 50-ISO; Nikkor 300mm AF-S f2.8 D IF-ED II; Nikon SB-26 Speedlight; Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head. To design manufactured aluminium flash bracket in order to keep the flash head in the centre of the camera when shooting in ‘Portrait’. Cotton gloves; Light Box, Schneider Loupe 4X; Plustek Opticfilm 8200i SE Film Scanner for Tiff scan. Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 for JPG conversion, CC 2020 for image cleanup and final colour adjustment; Topaz PRO AI Plug-ins for sharpen and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data and colour checks, allowing for the typical Velvia saturation.
LocationLake Joondalup, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult
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