On my first visit to Australia, I formed a bond with kookaburras. Why kookaburras? After the long flight from Los Angeles, I awoke from my first night’s sleep in this new place to the unmistakeable laughing call of kookaburras, and I instantly connected that aural memory with my entire trip. It wasn’t until my second trip that I saw kookaburras regularly, as a pair of them were living in the trees behind my sister’s place (near Brisbane). The young male, seen here, was bold and flew onto the verandah railing frequently, giving me many photo opportunities with my first DSLR and its kit tele-zoom. People often denigrate kit lenses, but I was (and am) very happy with this lens. (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 40-150mm zoom at 150mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec., ISO 100, morning sun, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • mokeymoo
    mokeymooover 2 years ago

    Oh mate, I love this photo! Makes me feel very homesick :) beautiful bokeh too

  • Thank you for such a lovely comment! You have a good place to be homesick for if Australia is home. I’ve never felt more welcome in a place that knew nothing of me.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Celeste! We are so fortunate to have these gorgeous native birds!!!

  • Thank you, Sharon! Yes, you are indeed fortunate to have a wonderful array of native birds. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 2 years ago

    What a delightful portrait – wonderful detail and bokeh. It almost looks like he’s smiling! I guess he formed a bond with you too!

  • Thanks so much, Anita! His real bond was with my sister, and I was a happy beneficiary. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Just an absolutely beautiful and unique looking bird and what lovely bokeh surrounds him too….your kit lens is definitely none too shabby as this is a photo full of wonderful color and clarity…I think this male must have felt a bond with you also…just great photography, Celeste.

  • Thank you, Katherine! They are very special birds, and I love their laughing call. Since this photo, this guy has brought his entire family to visit (now including 3 youngsters!), so the attraction is to my sister and her place.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thank you very much, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Excellent work. Great colour and clarity. Gorgeous

  • Thank you very much, Joy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture . . great detail :-)

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 2 years ago

    Nice one!

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 2 years ago

    Great details! The hardest part of shooting Kookaburra is to get the details of the eye which is in the dark area without blown the white part of the head and neck. Lovely

  • Thank you, Felix! I appreciate your very knowledgeable comment about the brightness range. That’s so often a challenge, but the morning sun filtered through the trees was forgiving in this case.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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