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Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Image ID 42596)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 27th Sep, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 29th Sep, 2020 .
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CommentImage Specific (09.29.20.BiL_BOZ1596):
It was nearing a decade, since I last had a good encounter with this species. Then, recently I heard of a number of sightings of Shining Bronze-Cuckoos at Bibra Lake in the Perth Metro Area, and on going there, sure enough: They were there in numbers. Their presence in what looked like a small group, a behaviour I had never before noticed, I put down to the numerous Splendid Fairy-Wrens breeding along the densely vegetated shores of the lake, so there would have been plenty of opportunities for the cuckoos to brood parasite on their nests. At any time the small and lively Shining Bronze-Cuckoos are difficult to observe, as they flitter in and out of vegetation, preferring to stay at least 4 m up from the ground, and they have a knack for always keeping objects between themselves and any photographer. That day the foraged mainly on larger, hairy caterpillars, or at least that was what I was able to see through the long lens. But I never got a clear photo of a cuckoo with the prey having in stead to settle for this capture of a more inquisitive bird that presented itself through a window in dense shrub, albeit against the sun. Not the best of images of this species, but still: You have to take what you can get on the day and run with it
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX sensor & GPS engaged
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: 1.5X cropped DX sensor used = 750mm 'focal length equivalent in 35mm terms', but the trade-off is that file size cropping occurs in-camera.
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing with personal camouflage netting over camera rig
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority at f6.3 and 1/320 sec; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Spot; Focus Mode: AF-C high/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: On
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing image, cropping to 116%, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removing twigs etc. using the clone tool as well as ‘taming’ a busy background; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBibra Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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