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Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret (Image ID 43122)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 25th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 26th Oct, 2020 .
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ID43122
CommentSurely one of the most beautiful species of bird when in breeding plumage, the Cattle Egret can be found breeding in a Mandurah suburb. I was aware of this breeding colony for some years, but this was the first time I went there during the breeding season, and I captured a number of very colourful and spectacular images in the early morning sunlight. It should be noted that no colour enhancement was applied during post processing; only shadows and highlights were manipulated and selective sharpening performed as I saw fit, and the breeding male (sex based on observation) seen here in courtship flush pretty much matches the RAW file with respect to coloration. I first saw and photographed a Cattle Egret in breeding plumage at Herdsman Lake in 2001, but since then it has spread and become much more common; especially Baldivis renders many observations of this species in the Perth Greater Metro.
NB: 'The Australian Bird Guide 2019' has the Australasian species down as Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)
EquipmentNikon D850
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing tall on shore shooting across water onto island
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/3200 sec at f8; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C high/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing image and cropping to 160%, selective sharpening and some general post-processing such as lifting of shadows. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationErskine Lakes, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, breeding plumage/features
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