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Mistletoebird

Mistletoebird (Image ID 44225)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 15th Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Sat 16th Jan, 2021 .
Resolution1800x1400
Viewed284
ID44225
CommentJuvenile Mistletoebirds have an orange bill rather than a black one, and it is obvious from this image and another handful of similar ones taken in quick succession that this juvenile Mistletoebird is in the process of prying loose and devouring a small grey, ripe mistletoe berry. This is the first time I have captured a Mistletoebird foraging on these mature berries. I have not been able to find a capture anywhere else showing a Mistletoebird devouring a berry like this, and I would appreciate any feedback. I believe the mistletoe in quest is an ‘Amyema preissii’.
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode; GPS mounted
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing at tree by the Swan River, the sun behind me
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f6.3 at 1/2000 sec, -0.3EV & ISO-400.
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 202% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBaigup Wetlands, Maylands, Western Australia
Keywordsjuvenile, feeding/with prey
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