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Spotless Crake

Spotless Crake (Image ID 38065)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 9th Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Fri 10th Jan, 2020 .
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ID38065
CommentThe Spotless Crake is a small member of the rail family; it has a widespread distribution, spanning many nations. In WA it favours wetlands with swamp and dense vegetation and freshwater lakes with mudbanks and reed beds along the shore. Under cover of vegetation it moves around in seclusion, being shy and hard to spot, but is has a very shrill call, which readily gives its presence away. Where mudbanks are present and near reed beds, it may emerge to feed out in the open. It does so in leaps and bounds, probing the mud with its bill for small food items. If disturbed while in the open, it will dart away back into the reeds in a flash, only to re-appear when danger is over. Lake McLarty. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D500 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head Camera settings: Aperture Priority f7.1; Shutter Speed 1/400s; ISO-500. Center-weighted Metering; Focus Mode AF-C; AF-Area Mode: Dynamic (72points). Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; ; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationLake McLarty, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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