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Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 39617)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 15th Mar, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 17th Mar, 2020 .
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CommentAt Yanchep National Park it is a daily spectacle to see flocks of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos come in for a morning drink. Normally, they fly in at 8 o’clock sharp, but this morning early showers had delayed them, and it was nearly noon before they arrived. Perhaps the birds could drink from leaves on trees after the heavy showers rather than come in to drink, but in any case I think the communal drinking session is just as much a social affair: Boy meets girl etc. and this daily meet is not go without. It’s all over within 25 minutes, and afterwards the cockatoos retire to the nearby Tuart and Jarrah trees to forage and socialize, which they mostly do quietly and unobtrusively only interrupted by the odd squabble. The observant nature walker will notice lots of little leaved twigs sailing towards the ground, revealing the feeding birds above. Yanchep National Park; GPS. Status (IUCN 2016): Least Concern
EquipmentPleas note that in this version I have darkened down the eye on each bird and cloned away two disturbing reeds, using AdobePhotoshop CC/2020.
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 1/3200 sec, f5 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’ Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharp AI and DeNoise AI for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationYanchep National park; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, immature, in flight, adult
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