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Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill (Image ID 37110)
Photographed byDavid Seymour on Tue 3rd Sep, 2019 and uploaded on Tue 5th Nov, 2019 .
Resolution1050x1050
Viewed28
ID37110
CommentOne of a small flock of Royal Spoonbills possibly setting up for breeding at Tamar Island wetlands, these birds are still relatively uncommon visitors to Tasmania and usually attract some interest from local birdwatchers. They are a quite alien-looking species, yet have a certain bearing and natural beauty at the same time. The direct sunlight was harsh and highlight control a potential issue, so I set an original exposure to try and reduce the chances of overloading the brightest whites. This bird can be identified as the same individual as in my previous post, from details in the pattern on the surface of the upper beak.
EquipmentCanon EOS 5D IV
EF 100-400 L IS II + 1.4x III TC, at 560mm, centre spot servo AF, handheld
Manual exposure, 1/1600 sec, f/11, ISO 800
Processing: Lightroom Classic CC for RAW conversion and initial adjustments including shadow recovery, then Photoshop CC where moderate noise reduction was applied with Neat Image, and the brightest highlights subdued somewhat with a narrow-band luminosity mask. Some digital noise remains in the shadows as a result of an attempt to balance NR and detail preservation. Size reduction to web submission dimensions was followed by final sharpening using Smart Sharpen.
LocationTamar Island wetlands, Launceston, northern Tasmania., Tasmania
Keywordsadult
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