laughing kookaburra

Peaceful to Behold

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Size 14 cm x 16 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper


A private commission reflecting the deep, sentimental appreciation for kookaburras felt by the client’s wife and her family. Background landscape references for this painting were completed while camping in Mount Kaputar National Park, New South Wales.

I grew up listening to the raucous calls of Blue-Winged Kookaburras in the Northern Territory. I have gradually developed an affection for the renowned laughter of their southern cousins. For Blue-winged Kookaburras, it is the female who has a barred tail. For Laughing Kookaburras, both females and males have a barred tail and that distinctive dark banding around their eyes.

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