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Red-eared Firetail

Red-eared Firetail (Image ID 41928)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 15th Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Sun 16th Aug, 2020 .
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ID41928
CommentI had found a pair of resident Red-eared Firetails at a gully low on the Darling Scarp, and after some observation I noticed that they came out from the thick understorey at a fallen tree, using the prostrate dead crown of the tree to hop down onto the ground to feed on a small patch of a very low form of winter grass that was producing minute soft seeds. I captured this bird on the way down to the ground, barely ½ m above the patch of grass. As I was sitting on the low side of the bush track, I found myself nearly at eye level with the bird.
EquipmentNikon D850
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens+TC-14E MkIII Teleconverter
Technigue: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; personal camouflage netting
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1600 sec at f6.3 & +0.7 EV; ISO-500. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C High & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 122% crop, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharp AI2 and DeNoise for blanket and focus sharpening as well as noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationLesmurdie, Korung National Park, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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