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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 45110)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 15th Nov, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 3rd Mar, 2021 .
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ID45110
CommentThis image is that of a male Forest Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, ssp. Calyptorhynchus banksii naso, which is endemic to WA and listed by Museum of WA as 'Vulnerable' per 07.01.19: Walking back to my car from the floating viewing platform at Bibra Lake, I suddenly found myself in the midst of a feeding flock of Forest Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoos. The flock numbered about 20, and it had several loudly begging youngsters within it being fed by their mothers in the crowns of Marri trees. Few birds are as spectacular as a male of this species showing off the red in his tail.
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing tall under tree Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/2000 sec at f6.3; ISO-800. 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 127% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of mild halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for notable blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ was used for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks; significantly, Johnstone & Kirkby ‘s (1999) study of ‘Food and feeding behaviour at Bungendore Park and Jarrahdale’ was also consulted.
LocationBibra Lake Woodland, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, feeding/with prey, adult
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