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Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Image ID 44775)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 18th Sep, 2018 and uploaded on Sun 14th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44775
CommentYellow-rumped Thornbill. Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa (WA nominate ssp.). Image specific (_BOZ3041 + 02.14.21BiL): I encountered a small flock of these Western Australian Yellow-billed Thornbills (nominate ssp. Acanthiza chrysorrhoa chrysorrhoa) foraging by the boardwalk at the shores of Herdsman Lake, a large lake only 6 km from Perth’s CBD. The lake holds water year-round and so is a heaven for many different species of birds. Upon my approach, the birds flew up into the swamp and jittered about in an open, dead shrub while keeping a close eye on me. These thornbills usually forage on the ground, so this behaviour rendered me the somewhat unusual opportunity of capturing the species at eye level from the boardwalk, and I made the best out of the event that I was able to, being that the bird was in shade and heavily backlit.
EquipmentNikon D500 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Camera settings: Aperture Priority f5.6; shutter speed 1/1000s; ISO-400. Metering: Matrix; Focus Mode AF-C; AF-Area Mode: Single. Raw/CC 2020 for Tif conversion and 160% crop and general post-processing as well as ‘taming’ of the background; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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