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Southern Emu-wren

Southern Emu-wren (Image ID 41670)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 2nd Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 4th Aug, 2020 .
Resolution1067x1400
Viewed52
ID41670
CommentThe image is that of a female Southern Emu-Wren ssp. westernensis. 'For several months I had been targeting the elusive Southern Emu-Wren in the Perth Region. This time I was alerted to its presence in marshlands at Island Point by Harvey Estuary, somewhat south of my normal stomping grounds. There, on a dull day a pair of these minute and jittery birds was indeed to be found where the given directions took me, and I found them right by the water’s edge in low saltbush, where they were hunting sand flies with a troop of Splendid Fairy-Wrens. I did not manage just one decent capture here, but on two occasions that morning the female briefly broke cover near me in between reeds, and on just this one occasion did I get a clear view of her. I managed 4 or five images, and this is the better one. On the day, I only ever succeeded in getting a single, partly obscured reference shot of the male down low in between saltbush.'
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technigue: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Camera rig covered by camouflage netting.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/800 sec at f4.5; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 240% crop, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen 2AI, DeNoise & Studio 2 for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationIsland Point, Harvey Estuary, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, adult
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