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Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Image ID 39338)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 21st Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 25th Feb, 2020 .
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ID39338
CommentThese two Yellow-billed Spoonbills were part of a scattering of 9 foraging in the shallow, muddy water at Bibra Lake. Here, the water along the shoreline had declined substantially following a very dry summer. The party was moving slowly forward in a hushed and quite orderly fashion, but suddenly the bird with the angry eye caught some prey. Immediately the now airborne bird threw itself at it and tried to pirate it for itself. The first bird dropped the morsel back in the water and angrily clapped its bill at the thieving bird in a rush of adrenaline. What is captured here is the bird with the angry eye now attempting to find its prey again, having taught its flock member a lesson in good manners. I have noticed the completely mesmerizing, crazy eyes during courtship in my aviary budgies, and I presume the Yellow-billed’s eye in quest is subject to a similar burst of adrenaline. Anyway, the image speaks for itself. Bibra Lake; GPS. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + MC-14 Teleconverter; Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2. Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1600 sec, f4.5 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’; Focus Mode: ‘Continous-AF’ with the AF-system further set to ‘AF-Target Mode’ with a target group of 9 sensors (3x3). Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (1frame)’ in ‘Continuous Low’. Maximum burst rate habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer for which reason also I only shoot in RAW. Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO); In-camera Sharpness +2. (These settings are also the combination I favour for birds in flight; it took a lot of experimentation with the OM-D E-M1X/300 mm F4 lens combo to find a merger of settings suitable for this noble discipline.) 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 identification, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult, behaviour/display
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