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Red-kneed Dotterel

Red-kneed Dotterel (Image ID 44865)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 18th Aug, 2012 and uploaded on Fri 19th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44865
CommentIt is not often that I have at all seen this little, rather rotund plover in the Perth Region, as rain patterns dictate its presence and breeding period more than anything else; for a plover, it’s more dependant on freshwater wetlands than any other species of plover, and it’s not that fond of saline and tidal environments. This one year, obviously the conditions were just right at Alcoa Wellard Wetlands, and a small number of these birds settled down to breed here. When I found them, the chicks would not yet have hatched, and I never saw any, but over a couple of trips down there, I achieved a number of captures of the species feeding in the by now quickly drying out wetlands, which that year had been subjected to winter flooding. The following year they did not come back to Wellard Wetlands to my knowledge, and I haven’t seen them there since. Time of capture 11:12.
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens with TC-14E II Teleconverter. Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head Camera Settings: Aperture Priority f7.1, EV +0.3 step; shutter speed 1/640 sec and 1/800s & ISO-400. Centre Weighted Metering Mode, Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Dynamic (21 points) Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 152% crop, Tif conversation and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins DeNoise AI & Studio 2 for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationWellard Wetlands, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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