Pallid Cuckoo

Pallid Cuckoo
Photographed by:Glenn Pure on Wed 20th Sep, 2017 and uploaded on Sat 23rd Sep, 2017 .
Resolution:1323x1050
Viewed:30
ID:27505
Comment:I saw the bird fly in to this low perch thinking there would be no chance I'd get close enough for a decent photo as I was 20 or 30 metres away. So I decided to try something different. I got down on all fours and acted like a grazing animal gradually working my way closer and closer (but not in a direct line approach). Luckily the ground was grassy. I eventually got quite close, took a few 'security' shots then attempted to stand up. The bird stayed much to my surprise. In fact, it was too relaxed and refused to turn and look my way for some time even though I started making a few noises to get its attention - none of which seemed to have any effect. I got this shot after a considerable wait and when I'd given up making any sound. The bird even allowed me to back of (walking) and approach on all fours from the other side. See next post.
Equipment:Canon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm
1/1250 sec, f8, ISO 800.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction. A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject using Neat Image plugin for PSE. The background was noise reduced and the main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
Location:Urambi Hills Reserve (Australian Capital Territory)
Keywords:female, adult
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