The Laughing Kookaburra is instantly recognisable in both plumage and voice. It is generally off-white below, faintly barred with dark brown, and brown on the back and wings. The tail is more rufous, broadly barred with black. There is a conspicuous dark brown eye-stripe through the face. It is one of the larger members of the kingfisher family.
The Kookaburra is not really laughing when it makes its familiar call. The cackle of the Laughing Kookaburra is actually a territorial call to warn other birds to stay away.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    They always bring a smile- as this beauty has! lovely shot!

  • Many thanks, he was warbling his head off! First day of sun for absolutely ages!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 3 years ago

    What a great shot!!

  • Many thanks Deborah!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Deb. Glad to see you are having some good weather. How are things looking for your trip. You should be OK. Do you have to get to Brisbane airport to fly out or Sydney, Anyhow I hope this is the Laughing Kooka by a laughing Deb. All the best and have a great trip.

  • Oh that made me smile, thanks so much Alwyn. I leave from Brisbane early Monday morning and it should be fine! First sunny day today, woo hoo!

    – byronbackyard

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 3 years ago

    What a beauty. This really is fabulous.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    A fav for me Deb. It’s a terrific shot.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Al!

    – byronbackyard

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Deb!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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