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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 44929)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Mon 22nd Feb, 2021 and uploaded on Tue 23rd Feb, 2021 .
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ID44929
CommentThe image is of a ♀ Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, ssp. Calyptorhynchus banksii naso. Going to a small bushland precinct in Kensington, WA for a sunset session on a very hot day, this capture of a female Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo was one of the highlights of the day. The tiny bushland patch in an otherwise built-up area holds plenty of Jarrah trees, some Banksias and a few Marri Eucalypts. In particular the Jarrah Eucalypts were awash with feeding and resting Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos. The birds numbered in their hundreds, and many squealing youngsters were amongst them. Marri and Jarrah Eucalypts mature patchily, so you never quite know when these majestic black-cockatoos will be visiting; the nuts of the trees have to be just right, before the birds will start to forage in them. However, just about this time of the year, the Western Australian black-cockatoos between them might begin to have exhausted fruiting Marri gum-nuts and change to Jarrah, which are fruiting later than the Marri. When a tree or a patch of trees are exhausted of their nuts, the birds will move on to another patch to forage in. Late in the afternoon, in warm sunlight, this image shows a female Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo about to land by its baby, wings and tail fully spread out, the feet starting to come forward to grab her perch. Time of capture 17:18.
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X body with ‘Bird Recognition Firmware’ per Dec. 2020, Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens Camera rig Support: Manfrotto Monopod Art 434SSB with Manfrotto Tilt Head Art 234RC Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/2000 sec, f4.5 & ISO-800. ‘Continuous AF’; Metering Mode: ‘Spot’ Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 110% crop and Tif conversion, selective work and general post-processing incl. removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationTown of Victoria Park, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, in flight, adult
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