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Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 44202)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 10th Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 11th Jan, 2021 .
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ID44202
CommentImage specific BiL_BOZ6482:
Australia has 3 subspecies of Tawny Frogmouth. The bird depicted is a Western Australian one P. s. brachypterus, which is found across the southern part of WA and northwards to the Great Sandy Desert. This subspecies is also found inland and across to the western parts of the Eastern States. Adults are all grey, but females have a rufous throat area, which is why I suspect that this bird is an adult female. Contrary to the city slickers starring in many frogmouth images from Perth WA CBD Bibra & Herdsman Lakes, this bird was from southern bushlands and not used to people at all, hence the open eyes in broad daylight, the reason why I chose this image to submit. The bird and I were certainly watching each other intensely, and it took a while before she turned herself into a stick and relaxed. Interestingly, a family of 4 were roosting low in the same tree within 1 m of each other, but I only spotted this one and did not at all notice the other 3, until they upped and flew away, pulling my object of interest with them. So good their camouflage! Incidentally, on this day I spotted 5 Numbats, my first ones in 20 years – see further under ‘Technique’
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Driving along slowly (5 km/hour on the lookout for Numbats), stopping the car upon spotting the bird and photographing partly obscured by my vehicle
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/640 sec at f4.5; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 129% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of mild halos and the cloning away of some twigs; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationDryandra Woodlands, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, adult
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