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Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe (Image ID 44567)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 6th Sep, 2008 and uploaded on Wed 3rd Feb, 2021 .
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ID44567
CommentI took this photo in my early days of digital photography from the viewing platform at Herdsman Lake. In those days we had clear views of open water from here, but by the start of 2020 swamp vegetation had been allowed to grow up around the platform, and still by Jan 2021 it is no longer possible to get this kind of captures from there. The female is on the left, with the smaller bill. In order to get the image, I stood low on the platform, my Nikon D3/Nikkor AF-S ED 500mm f4 D IF rig supported by a Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head. Time of capture was 09:37
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body, Nikkor AF-S ED 500mm f4 D IF lens, Manfrotto Article 055B tripod/Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head
Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f7.1, EV -0.3 step. Shutter speed 1/1000 sec & ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C & AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. Picture Control: Vivid
Post processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 200% crop, selective sharpening, removal of halos and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, adult, behaviour/display
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