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Blue-winged kookaburra        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Two kinds of kookaburras live in Australia, the familiar laughing kookaburra (whose loud call is heard on nearly every jungle-themed movie ever filmed although it is not a rainforest species) and the blue-winged kookaburra shown here.   Both are huge kingfishers (the biggest in the world). The blue-wing is a northern species with an amazing voice described by one field guide as 'appalling, like a machine-driven hacksaw'; another describes it as 'extended maniac laughter'.   These birds were in Kakadu Park and the campground at Edith Falls National Park, both in the Northern Territory.

  • Canon 7D2, 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)
  • (bottom right) Nikon F3, Nikon 400 mm f5.6 EDIF, Kodachrome 64 (1999)