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Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican (Image ID 45109)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 12th Dec, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 3rd Mar, 2021 .
Resolution1800x1200
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ID45109
CommentI was standing quietly under a tree photographing a flock of Australian Pelicans resting in warm morning light at 06:15. The birds were sitting quietly on a small peninsula during low tide at Harvey Estuary preening themselves, when something came by and stirred them up; or perhaps their jungle drums signalled a school of fish nearby, and they all flew off to feed.
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing under tree at shoreline Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/2500 sec at f7.1; ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 138%, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of minute halos; Topaz Pro plug-ins DeNoise & Studio 2 were used for mild blanket sharpening and ‘fine noise’ control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationIsland Point, Harvey Estuary, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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