Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Laughing Kookaburra

 
After spending several hours working on the latest photobook of my travels,
and feeling in need of some fresh air and exercise, I grabbed the Nikon
and headed off to a local suburban green belt.
 

It was a glorious afternoon, with temperatures in the low 20Cs and barely a breath of wind
(as can be seen by the still water in the reflection shots above and below)
 


 

As the creek gently meanders its way through the vegetation - sunlit in patches
and shaded in others, one could easily believe that the hustle and bustle of suburbia
is far distant. However, at the top of that left hand bank runs a busy road
carrying traffic through Adelaide's north-eastern suburbs.
(This is the same area as shown in my header)
 Imagine my surprise and delight when this gorgeous Laughing Kookaburra flew
in to land on a branch just a few metres ahead of me . . . .


Although he was not "laughing" (a beautiful and uplifting sound I've experienced on other occasions), his presence was nevertheless captivating.



. . . SO glad I dragged myself away from the computer & desk !!!
 
Joining in the fun with Wild Bird Wednesday

(with many thanks to the respective hosts)
 

13 comments:

Linda W. said...

Wonderful reflections! And how cool to see the Kookaburra up close!

Frank Boxell said...

Super views of this iconic species.

Adam Jones said...

Wow! What a stunning Kookaburra.

Tony McGurk said...

Great shots of the Kookaburra. We get them around here but I'm unlucky to not have gotten a photo of any yet. There was one on the powerlines in front of ourt house recently but by the time I got my camera a Wattle Bird irritated by it's presence had chased it away.

Latane Barton said...

I've never seen a kookaburra. Such a large beak for such a small bird. Very interesting.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) Wow! Great closeups of the Kookaburra. In these fabulous images one can really appreciate the blue plumage colour on the wings.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would love to see the Kookaburra in the wild. Great series of photos. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

James said...

Nice photos ! I especially like the tree reflection!

Jim said...

Beautiful reflections and kookaburras.
Sydney – City and Suburbs

marshaleith said...

wonderful reflections...and very nice of the bird to pose for you(I love those blue feathers)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

It looks and sounds like it was a very beautiful day indeed...and how amazing that the Kookaburra popped in to say hello :)

Phil Slade said...

It's super bird Valerie. It's one that always strikes me as being a rather friendly sort of bird, but probably not if your an animal or insect and a possible menu item.

Kalantikan said...

Wow and great. I've seen and heard it on my 2nd day in Sydney, a long time ago. I've only been to Sydney twice though. It was really captivating, and i ended up laughing with it.

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