This Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) surprised me while I was laying on an hammock in wonderful Magnetic Island.
The Blue-winged Kookaburra is found more commonly on the southern part of Magnetic Island. Easily identified by its huge beak and blue wings. The male also boasts and blue tail.
Feeds on insects, reptiles, eggs and nestlings, but also unfortunately fed other items (such as fruit) as a tourist attraction.
It's call is more of a cackle than its 'cousin' the Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), which is more common in northern bays of the island.
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petarl (1187) 2013-12-30 3:54
Hi there, very good "catch" of this nice and interesting bird. You have also provided detailed and useful description. By some chance, I know about this bird from very early days of my childhood and have heard many stories which amazed me as a kid. If you allow, and since we are all here to learn something useful regarding our photography, I posted revised photo in TrekEarth Workshop (http://www.trekearth.com/workshops/). Only auto tone has been applied which completely eliminated this blue colour cast from the original. Something must have gone wrong with auto white balance in the camera, which is a thing that randomly happens, but can be corrected in photo editing software. See wikipedia link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_cast
nagual2 (1452) 2013-12-30 5:21
Great photo.,WELCOME TO TREKEARTH AND GOOD NEW YEAR!
I WILL CHANGE THE COLORS A BIT ON THE WORKSHOP.
arnie (1803) 2013-12-30 13:15
Stunning capture, great detail and a super close up.
Welcome to T.E.
Happy New Year