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Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis
Photographed byDavid Seymour on Tue 16th Jan, 2018 and uploaded on Mon 5th Feb, 2018 .
Resolution1309x1050
Viewed135
ID29385
CommentWhile sometimes encountered in large flocks on the mainland, this species is a quite rare visitor to northern Tasmania, and even rarer in the south of the state. Consequently this solitary and remarkably tolerant individual in non-breeding plumage attracted quite a lot of attention during its residence at Goulds Lagoon for most of January. They are tricky to photograph, being a mostly dark bird whose bottle-green iridescence briefly flashes into prominence at certain angles to direct sunlight - which of course can create its own issues with harsh shadows. The distinctive white line bordering the facial skin is visible in this image.
EquipmentCanon EOS 7D II
EF 100-400 L IS II + 1.4x III TC, at 560mm, centre spot servo AF, handheld
Manual exposure, 1/1600 sec, f9, ISO 1000, spot metering
Processing: Canon DPP4 for RAW conversion, lens corrections and initial exposure corrections, shadow adjustment, NR and sharpening. Then 16-bit TIFF export to Photoshop CC2018 for further NR using Neat Image plugin applied at different levels to bird and background; final sharpening to bird only after size reduction to web submission dimensions.
LocationGoulds Lagoon, Granton, southern Tasmania (Tasmania)
Keywordsnon-breeding plumage
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