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Great Knot

Great Knot (Image ID 39559)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 11th Mar, 2020 and uploaded on Thu 12th Mar, 2020 .
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ID39559
CommentThe Great Knot seen here was the only one of its species seen at Woodman Spit that morning, and it sat a long time preening itself after foraging on the rocks.The endangered Great Knot is a grey-coloured wader with a slightly down-turned bill, the upper mandible being just longer than the lower one. Seen in profile in non-breeding plumage, it is similar in size and appearance to the grey plover, but it has a much longer, more delicate bill, and the legs are clearly pale olive green as opposed to slate grey. When viewed from the front, its belly appears white rather than striped. The species’ global numbers have declined rapidly in recent years, and it is suggested that an entire population using South Korea as a pit stop has perished due to land reclamation. Being a specialist bivalve mollusc feeder, the Great Knot is highly dependant on suitable stop-over habitats. Breeding in the northern hemisphere it uses the East Asian-Australasian flyway during migration and winters in Australia along the coastlines and in inland locations near Alice Springs. Arriving in September it leaves during March. Woodman Spit; GPS. Status (2016): Endangered
EquipmentThis image has minimum post processing and approx. 25% crop.
Olympus 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 1/1250 sec, f6.3 & ISO-200. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’
Post-processing: FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in Sharp AI for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationWoodman Spit; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsimmature, behaviour/display
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