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Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 44797)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 18th Nov, 2018 and uploaded on Mon 15th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44797
CommentImage specific BOZ_6914~15.02.21BiL: A pair of Rainbow Bee-eaters were busy catching ants in the grass parkland at Lake Gwelup, Western Australia. To get this image I sat on my knees with my camera rig mounted on a heavy tripod and a gimbal head. I located their ‘best’ ant nest and pre-focused on this, switched to manual focus and waited for a bird to arrive at that exact spot. After some test shots for exposure determination, whenever a bird flew down, I did an exposure using a cable release. I shot about 90 images over 31 minutes, and not many were in focus after all. This capture was just inside the top right hand corner of the frame, and I have cloned it from there to make a full size frame. The long tail ‘streamers’ indicate the bird depicted here is a male. I worked the image heavily in Photoshop to get it to a presentable stage. Time of exposure: 09:52
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head EXPOSURE MODE: Shutter Priority; shutter speed 1/3200 sec at f6.3; ISO-1000. Matrix Metering Mode; Focus Mode: MANUAL; AF Area Mode: Single Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 245% crop, selective sharpening and general post processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationLake Gwelup Reserve, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, in flight, adult
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