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Copyright: Mark smallman (waminda2020) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 91 W: 4 N: 15] (320)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-23 0:41
Viewed: 4580
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kookaburras are part of the kingfisher family and are by far the most common kingfisher in the area. They have a funny call that sounds like a laugh and typically "laugh" just after you've done something stupid! I get laughed at a lot!
This photo was taken at Cordeaux Dam, where my wife and I had a barbecued lunch. Cordeaux Dam is about 85km south of Sydney and 15km west of Wollongong.
I was trying out my "almost new" 80 - 200 2.8 nikkon lens when this youngster popped in for a visit. I am still learning about this lens and how it reacts to my D80. I am happy so far....

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To Argus: thankyou for your critiquewaminda2020 1 06-02 04:08
To MartinL: thankyou for your critiquewaminda2020 2 05-28 18:02
To foozi: thankyou for yoy critique :)waminda2020 1 05-25 19:55
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Hi Mark,
a really beautiful shot of this strange bird.

Hello Mark,
Nice capture, exccellent composition and point of
view, beautiful colors and good contrast, very good
sharpness and depth of field, nice blurred background
which helps show off the superb details in the plummage,
great pose and nice light.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-05-25 19:10]
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Hello Mark,
thanks for the WS. Indeed it is very helpful. What I could learn about cropping is the :
1. overexpose part,cut it out
2. try not to love the photo too much
3. play around especially with the software
4. make best of what we got.
As the kookaburra, it is very lovely..somesort like very personalise picture. Great clarity from the wild, I beleieve it is hards and difficult. Well composed, with dividing branch and positioning of the bird ( rule of the 3rd?)and most of all natural surrounding.
Thanks again.

Best regards to you and your family.


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-05-27 11:40]

Hello Mark,
Beautiful picture of the Kookaburra.
Excellent POV, sharpness and details.
Fine bokeh in the background.
I liked the soft tones and the composition with plenty of space.
80- 200 is my favourite lens. It gives you plenty of details in the plumage and a good background. :)
Best of luck with your 'almost' new lens.:)
TFS & Regards,


That's a very good image. You've captured it very well with fine detail and a nice composition. It looks like the lighting was coming from the back but you've still pulled off a nice shot. Nice work Mark. TFS.

Best Regards,


This fellow looks to have a sense of humor! I love his pose; there's something about it that says 'I love mischief' and I'll bet he does, too! Nice DOF here, but especially nice POV. I am able to laugh just imagining hearing his call. Critters seem to know exactly when we've done something stupid. I've always felt that have their own line of communication and pass it down the line when they see a person who does a lot of stupid things (myself, I'm referring to, here).

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-31 22:05]
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Hello Mark,
The thumnail doesn't do this one justice!
Great capture of a Kookaburra with fine sharpness, great pose, POV and composition.
This one is definitely your best one and deserves more attention.
TFS sharing this beauty,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-21 21:33]

Hello Mark

I am familiar with the call,my kids have the wiggles DVD with Steve Irwin.They do a segment all about the Kookaburras.
There is a serene and peaceful feel about this shot.
The plumage detail is excellent.
Nicely composed in the frame.
The overall colour palette is lovely.
The BG is wonderful.


Great kookaburra capture.
Foreground and background
are separated nicely and the
picture is very sharp.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-06 8:04]

Hello Mark! That's a fine shot of this impressive bird, I love the way you composed it. The matching colors are just beautiful, well done!


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