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Antarctic Prion

Antarctic Prion (Image ID 34762)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Sun 24th Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Mon 8th Apr, 2019 .
Resolution1400x1008
Viewed9
ID34762
CommentShowing two in the frame this time, and both top and bottom view.

Aside from Wilson's Storm-Petrel this was probably the most common bird seen at sea on my recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands. Getting a good shot of one was a challenge as they are relatively small and didn't often come close to the ship. Naturalists on the ship provided the ID and is consistent with my own checking, noting that some of these small prions are hard to distinguish from one another. The facial markings, bill shape and colour are typical of an Antarctic Prion.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm
1/3200 sec, f6.3, ISO 1600.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction (at about 50% of default values). 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(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationScotia Sea (between Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia) (Unknown)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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