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Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Image ID 38881)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Mon 3rd Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 10th Feb, 2020 .
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CommentThe Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Ptilotula ornata, is endemic to Australia and found in wooded areas of the southern parts of Australia, occurring in NSW, VIC, SA and WA predominantly in mallee shrub, but also found in the wetter eucalypt woodlands of WA, as is the case here. This bird in non-breeding plumage, indicated by the partly yellow bill and only being slightly streaked on the breast, was part of a troop of 6 that constantly fought a battle for territory around a tiny patch of flowering bushes with a group of New Holland Honey-eaters. This battle the Yellow-plumed troop habitually lost, but as soon as the New Holland Honeyeaters looked away, they were back! The species is quite sedentary, moving with available food sources and forming territories in optimum habitat. It is noted that by 2020 the Yellow-plumed Honeyeater is mostly placed in the genus ‘Ptilotula’, moving it from ‘Lichenostomus’ following molecular analysis promulgated in 2011. Victoria Dam; GPS. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens; Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2. Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/125 sec, f6.3 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: ‘Spot’; Focus Mode: ‘C-AF’ and Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (1frame)’ & maximum burst rate habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer for which reason I also only shoot in RAW. Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO). Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI, DeNoise AI & Studio 2 for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationVictoria Dam, Canning Mills; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, non-breeding plumage/features
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