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Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren
Photographed byGeoffrey Dennis on Fri 7th Jul, 2017 and uploaded on Thu 9th Nov, 2017 .
Resolution1400x1010
Viewed139
ID28174
CommentI have lived adjacent to the Zillman Waterholes in Brisbane for over 30 years, and yet I have never seen Superb Fairy-wrens around this local area in all that time (I initially thought I was chasing Variegated Fairy-wrens. When I did discover the Superb Fairy-wrens, it took me a few weekends to get a clear shot. I find these birds hard to photograph because the black eye with a black background makes it more difficult to get the eye in focus for a sharp image. This male just landed perfectly in front of me and it allowed me to get some nice shots at close range. The sharp feather detail in the image is really nice and the photograph illustrates perfectly their natural habitat. He really looks at home! I also like the blue sheen that makes these guys really attractive little birds.
EquipmentCamera Canon EOS 5d Mk III
Lens Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM telephoto lens
F-stop f/4
Exposure time 1/250 sec
ISO 400
Exposure Bias +0.3 Step
Focal length 400mm
Metering mode Pattern
Exposure Program Aperture Priority
White Balance Auto
Support Manfrotto Monopod
LocationZillman Waterholes, Boondall, Brisbane (Queensland)
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage
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