Dacelo leachii by bobfoto

Dacelo leachii

This young Blue Winged Kookaburra is found only up here in the tropics, note the white eye. And this one has been seen in my garden of late. I think she may have a broken leg and she looks fairly young, but I fed her a big juicy worm and she then flew up into the tree for a sleep.

I have waited for some time for a Kookaburra for my 365.
She has probably heard you have heaps of frogs at your place. What a shame she has a broken leg but birds just seem to soldier on when they are hurt. Fabulous shot she looks very grand with the lovely blue sky behind her.
May 28th, 2011  
Shes beautiful, especially against that beautiful blue sky. I love that you fed her a fat worm. Very kind.
May 28th, 2011  
Love the angle. What a marvelous looking bird.
May 28th, 2011  
What a lovely bird. She has a friend in you :)
May 28th, 2011  
Beautiful Kookaburra shot. Love her against the blue sky Fave
May 28th, 2011  
Nice shot of this pretty bird! The pet shop I frequent has a kookaburra and I just love the sounds they make. Of course, I'd love to see this bird flying free in Australia instead of caged in a pet shop:(
May 28th, 2011  
She's gorgeous! I hope her leg is ok or heals quickly.
May 28th, 2011  
Beautiful shot. I like the close up.
May 28th, 2011  
Beautiful blue on its shoulder!
May 28th, 2011  
absolutely wonderful shot! Love her colors. Nice detail also
May 28th, 2011  
Love her profile against the bright blue sky. I hope you are wrong about her leg. I assume if she can fly she should survive okay in the wild?
May 28th, 2011  
She's beautiful! Wonderful feather details! :0)
May 28th, 2011  
Great capture, what a beauty!
May 28th, 2011  
Pam
She is beautiful!
May 28th, 2011  
Beautiful!
May 28th, 2011  
And what a gorgeous capture! I'm glad you were finally able to get one. Hopefully she will stay in your garden while on the mend...best place for her.
May 28th, 2011  
Nice capture. I visited your beautiful country 10 years ago and still remember waking up to the kookaburra's unique call.
May 28th, 2011  
Great capture Jason! Especially like that blue sky background!
May 28th, 2011  
Love Kookaburras! This one is cute - I didnt know there were variations in them either!
May 28th, 2011  
Thanks for sharing! She is beautiful and I love the touch of blue on her wing with the blue sky background!
May 28th, 2011  
@rach_who @otprofsp - I tried feeding her a fat grub, but she slept instead.

@digitalrn @gingersanders - Thank you Rick and Ginger. She is still sitting in the same tree. The honeyeaters are annoying her though.

@swilde - Thanks for the fave Sue :)

@bremi - oh poor thing... we have a family of Kookaburras that live in the suburb and I noticed last year, someone was killing them. Perhaps they didn't like their laughter! I don't know how someone can be so cruel. But they survive in good numbers here and they are welcome in my garden anyday. Even if they do wake me up just before the sun rises!

@drumchic - Because she uses that massive beak to hunt, she will be okay with a buggered leg. She might struggle if she were an eagle or hawk...

@daisy - Thanks Kathryn.

@mjalkotzy - The Blue Winged Kookaburras differ ever so slightly from the Laughing Kookaburra in the fact they have a white eye and more blue in its wings.
May 28th, 2011  
Great capture Jason. Lots of really neat detail here.
May 28th, 2011  
love it, kookaburras are beautiful birds, this is a fantastic shot of one! faved!
May 28th, 2011  
She's beautiful and I love the white eye. We actually get them down here as well, in small numbers. They must make the journey sometimes even though we're not really tropical here. One of my favourite birds and I'm a bit shocked that @bremi mentions a caged one in a pet shop as they are really unsuitable to be caged (as are most birds, I think.)
May 28th, 2011  
good angle and detail
May 28th, 2011  
@molizard - Thanks Molizard!

@mimma_blue - she'll be alright with the broken leg, she just needs that beak for food!

@cjwhite @httpgeffed @potsbypam @mandyj92 - Thank you Carolyn, Colleen, Pan and Amanda!

@aj1268 - I hope she sticks around.

@tanagerjohn - Its a unique and beautiful sound!

@exposure4u - Thanks Wendy!

@ali1974 - There are two variations here, and luckily, us here in Townsville get both. But in the Western Province of PNG, in a small locality, there is a Spangled Kookaburra and he is well cute!

@chicago29 - Why thank you Vicki!

@webfoot - Thanks Paul!

@trude - Thank you for the +fav Trude. #:0)=

@girlie - I have a Twitcher friend near Brisneyland that does not get these guys at all, and he relies on heading up to RockVegas to see them. Perhaps they're to the West of the border and down south to you guys? Michael Morcombe (whom I take with a pinch of salt with locations) suggests that they are not found in NSW... like I say, pinch of salt stuff.

@cindy - Thanks Cindy!
May 28th, 2011  
I've seen them at Guyra on the Northern Tablelands and near Crescent Head, close to where I live. Not in great numbers but definitely there. Next time will take a pic. I imagine we only get the odd few that decide to make the journey.
May 28th, 2011  
Great capture - love the blue sky that picks up the blue in the wing.
May 28th, 2011  
@girlie - we should let Morcombe know!?!?

@brittgow - Thanks Britt :)
May 28th, 2011  
Wonderful capture! Love that intent stare in that bright white eye. Hope he's ok :)
May 28th, 2011  
@jannaellen - he's a she, and she'll be right thanks! The lighting wasn't perfect for the eye, and I had to brighten the shadows a bit... It came out okay!
May 28th, 2011  
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Great shot especially with the blue sky in the background.
May 28th, 2011  
@touzel - Thanks h.
May 28th, 2011  
awesome capture :-)
May 28th, 2011  
@robynelizabeth - Cheers Robyn :)
May 28th, 2011  
Just found your comment on my kookaburra. Must indeed be the season. I think ours are slightly different to this pretty blue winged kookaburra. You certainly got up closer than I did. Aren't their beaks sensational! They frighten the life out of our aviary birds but we love hearing them in the trees.
May 28th, 2011  
Great capture! Nice textures in her feathers, and that blue streak is very pretty :)
May 28th, 2011  
Good capture. She is pretty.
May 28th, 2011  
That's some nice detail!
May 28th, 2011  
Awesome crisp shot...worth the wait!!
May 28th, 2011  
She's so pretty! Huge difference between them and the other Kookaburras hey! I hope her leg is ok, poor thing. Good on you for providing lunch :-)
May 28th, 2011  
@girlie I agree with you 100%. As much as I want to say hello to this beauty, I want to avoid it at the same time(all caged animals for that matter). To think of the beautiful environment they can and should be in breaks my heart. I have to find out some info on him the next time I get there.
May 28th, 2011  
great detail!
May 28th, 2011  
great shot!
May 28th, 2011  
stunner..........do you have a bird rescue place you could take it if you suspect a broken leg?
May 28th, 2011  
A fab shot, he is so handsome, I hope he will be ok.
May 28th, 2011  
@murnane - apart from the white eye, these guys have a lot more blue in the wing, and don't have the dark feathers behind the eye. And they have a gorgeous blue tail, except this lady who has the rufous coloured tail feathers.

@girlie - Even Slater (who I respect more when it comes to distribution) says the Blue Wings just cross the Qld/NSW border. You do need to get photos!

@bremi - Kookaburras would not be the only Australian bird to be bred and raised overseas. It is a shame, but even us Australians are guilty of caging foreign birds as pets here.

@alia_801 @mhensley @callalilla @cocorose - Thank you everyone :)

@amz87 - It is fortunate that everynow and then, I get both species in the garden at the same time.

@kasumie13 @stinkercat - Thanks Kim and Stinker!

@chantal @cookie123 - she will survive with the broken leg, she can land on branches and on the ground and on my shed without too much difficulty and she will still be able to hunt. Whether or not she will breed? I'm not sure about. And yeah there is a Rescue place nearby, but I figure, the stress caused in trying to capture her would be too great considering she is going to survive okay. A broken wing, and yeah I would be trying to assist, but a broken leg ain't so drastic.
May 28th, 2011  
I guess we're not far from the border, about six hours by road. So it depends on how far they might feel like flying on the odd occasion I guess. I wouldn't go so far as to say they are natives of this area; I've just seen the occasional one. Will definitely keep an eye out and try to get a photo next time, even if it's a bad one. They are usually so high up I don't bother trying.
May 28th, 2011  
wow, amazing details. Beautiful little guy.
May 28th, 2011  
@bobfoto That's pretty cool! It would be awesome if they'd hang out close enough to get them both in one photo! There's a challenge for you hehe
May 28th, 2011  
Beautiful capture, amazing detail, appreciate the narrative!
I've looked through your album .... wonderful collection of shots!
May 29th, 2011  
Gotta love a kookaburra! I only get to see them in zoos but one day I will get to listen to on in Oz.. I hope she heals well and decides to stay with you.. I like your perspective
May 29th, 2011  
@girlie - I daresay you should report the sighting on Birdlines (is that what it is called???)

@loriromp - Thanks Lori. :)

@amz87 - yeah, tough challenge, I have never seen them interact closely or even at all.... might be easier to get a shot of Clark Kent and Superman in the same image?

@sunnygreenwood - Why thank you Anne, hope you liked the shots, plenty more to come though!

@buggus - It is a lovely sound, but then again, I enjoy all the songs the birds will sing!
May 29th, 2011  
wow an absolutely amazing shot !
May 29th, 2011  
@piemagic - Thank you Erin #:0)=
May 29th, 2011  
What a fantastic photo.
May 29th, 2011  
Awesome capture Jason....the intensity of her gaze and clarity of detail is really superb! She's a beauty...fingers crossed her leg mends!
May 30th, 2011  
soooo beautiful! love his expression!
May 30th, 2011  
Love this image - so crisp and clear - wonderful capture!
May 30th, 2011  
What a fantastic capture!
May 30th, 2011  
Brill photo, gorgeous clarity! Does she sound the same as the more 'regular' Kookaburra's in the cities? Fab call, heard them in Sydney.
May 30th, 2011  
@lmasinton @bluemoon @odonovan @mackena @scatcat @blightygal - Thank you Lael, Paula, O Dono, Marlene, Muse and yes Freida, a similar voice to the Laughing Kookaburra.
May 30th, 2011  
We used to sing a song in school about kookaburra!! I had never seen one before, awesome capture!
May 30th, 2011  
@jupiterjanes - Kookaburra sits on an electric wire, jumping up and down with his bum on fire! Laugh, Kookaburra laugh, Kookaburra how gay your life must be?
May 31st, 2011  
Lovely bird, I do hope she survives.
June 1st, 2011  
@zferrie - sorry Zoe, and sorry everyone... she passed away.

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June 2nd, 2011  
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