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Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Image ID 39490)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 13th Sep, 2009 and uploaded on Sat 7th Mar, 2020 .
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ID39490
CommentWith this image I followed suggested procedure: In Adobe Photoshop RAW/CC 2020 as follows: 1. In RAW: Drag Highlights slider to -64 points (RAW file overexposed) 2. In RAW: Drag Shadows slider to -55 points 3. In RAW: Drag Blacks slider to -15 points 4. In RAW: Drag Whites slider to -20 points 5. In RAW: Drag Texture slider to +7 points 6. In RAW: Drag Clarity slider to +1 points 7. In RAW: Drag Dehaze slider to +3 points 8. In CC 2020: Set white point in Levels 9. Using Topaz Pro Plugin AIS sharpen + denoise 10. Using CC 2020 Selective tool sharpening mainly upper shoulder of bird 11. Using CC 2020 Crop to size 1800X1400 px 12. Using CC 2020 Reduce Vibrance by -4 points 13. Using CC 2020 Reduce Saturation by -12 points 14. Reduce Blue Saturation by -6 points & Darken + 4 points 15. Save to PSD 16. Copy straight to JPG at 1800X1400 px This beautiful, pastel-coloured, pink cockatoo is a resident of inland, arid WA. It requires large, wooded areas with trees supporting suitably sized nesting-holes, and it is quite particular about which kind of tree it choses for a nest host. Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos form only small flocks; these can be followed though woodland via the distinctive, quavering calls; the birds are scarcely shy if chanced upon in a small flock. This cockatoo has not fared well since the arrival of the white man, as its nesting trees have been intensely felled for timber. Interestingly, the construction of watering points for stock has made it a permanent resident in areas, where previously it would move around, pending the availability of water. Male and female look alike and both have an expressive, impressive crest that displays various moods. A pair will not nest close to another pair and overall the species is contracting due to habitat fragmentation. Ninghan Station. Status (2009 ): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head. Camera Settings: Aperture Priority f4.5, EV +2.0 step; shutter speed 1/500sec & ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted, Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Single. Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI & DeNoise AI for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationNinghan Station, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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