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Mistletoebird

Mistletoebird (Image ID 43896)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 13th Dec, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 16th Dec, 2020 .
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ID43896
CommentThis was my first outing with my Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with their new ‘Bird Recognition Firmware’ released early December 2020. For those using the Olympus system, I can honestly report that in my view this firmware has made a significant improvement in the camera’s ability to find, focus and hold on to a small bird in between twigs and greenery, using the Olympus 300mm lens. This also applies with the MC-14 Teleconverter attached. It is, however too early for me to tell if the same will be the case for birds in flight; I still have to try that out.
That said, this image of the little Mistletoebird captured on a windy day is not the best in quality, but it is the best one, I’ve managed of this flighty and whimsical species to date, and as Western Australia has not yielded many images of this bird for BirdLife’s galleries, I find it worthwhile to submit it, warts and all.
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with new ‘Bird Recognition Firmware’ of Dec. 2020, Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + MC-14 Teleconverter. Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2.
Technique: Standing hidden under Sheok mistletoe host trees.
Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1000 sec, f7.1 & ISO-800. Metering Mode: ‘Spot’; Focus Mode: ‘C-AF’ and Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (2frame)’ & maximum burst rate habitually set to 12 to prevent filling up the buffer. Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO) & In-Camera-Sharpness +2.
Post Processing: Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for cropping, selective work and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharp AI for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for any supplementary data, distribution and colour checks.
LocationAshfield Flats by the Swan River, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult
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