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Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis (Image ID 44231)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 8th Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Sat 16th Jan, 2021 .
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ID44231
CommentImage specific (BiLMkIII_BOZ6333): Not happy with my first effort, I have given this image a revamp, having been taught a new way to reduce halos.
‘This year, Bibra Lake is drying up rather early in the hot season of the Perth Region, and the remaining water at the time of this image was hardly an inch deep, where this bird was feeding. Just below the water surface was deep, grey-brown and sticky mud with a smell of decay.’
GENERAL: (BiL MkIII_BOZ6333 of 16.01.21):
The smallest of Australia's 3 ibis species, the Glossy Ibis is also the livelier one, and the most reclusive. Generally however, it’s not quite as wary of people as the Straw-necked Ibis. A tactile feeder, it forages in low waters at freshwater wetlands, dandily and energetically probing surface plant mass and muddy bottoms for aquatic invertebrates, while stoically moving forward. Additionally, seeds and commercially grown rice are also eaten. Occasionally this ibis will forage belly-deep, and I it can swim, and when doing so it looks like a small, bronze-coloured flamingo. Sometimes it is also found in costal and estuarine habitats with brackish water. A gregarious bird usually seen in small flocks, it can also be seen foraging alone, especially when a pair has nestlings. The species is not that plentiful in the Perth area, but if you go to one of the more secluded lakes with good and dense shore vegetation you just might get to see one. Bibra Lake; GPS. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS mounted
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; kneeling on floating viewing platform
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO-500. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
NB: I found this image difficult to post process due to all the reflected light from the low water playing havoc with the exposure. Nikon ViewNX-i was used for for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 148% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of stubborn halos; finally the blue colouring of the water was desaturated for a ‘muddy’ appearance as I recall the scenery. Topaz Pro plug-in Studio 2 was used for moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationBibra Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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