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Dusky Woodswallow

Dusky Woodswallow (Image ID 42377)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 13th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 14th Sep, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1399
Viewed45
ID42377
CommentNB: Some authorities would have the Western Australian Dusky Woodswallow down as the subspecies A. cyanopterus perthi.
For a while I was observing a small flock of 11 Dusky Woodswallows foraging in woodlands near Yanchep, Western Australia. Mated birds would meet and interact habitually, but occasionally an uninvited bird would try to interfere only to be immediately put in place, as was the case here.
EquipmentNikon D850 – GPS on board
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: 1.5X cropped DX sensor used. Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/4000 sec at f7.1 & ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: On, but this would have no effect at the chosen shutter speed.
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing canvas, cropping to 140%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control. Simon J. Nevill’s ‘Birds of the Greater South West’ was used as a source as well as ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationNowergup, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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