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Southern Emu-wren

Southern Emu-wren (Image ID 45346)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Sun 7th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 15th Mar, 2021 .
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ID45346
CommentI was very surprised (and happy) to see this bird. I was in an unburnt patch of the national park but in grassland habitat with medium shrubs and trees scattered, not the usual heathland where I thought these occurred. I had thought the 2019-20 summer fires which destroyed much of this park and all the heathland I had seen would have effectively wiped this species out. Not so! Better, I suspect there was a family of them as I heard a call off to the other side of the track while I was watching and photographing this male. I have cloned out a couple of distracting grass stems in this shot.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm 1/1600 sec, f/6.3, ISO 1600. Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting. All noise reduction turned off in DPP. A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where noise reduction was applied to the main subject(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
Locationnear Mowary Bay, Ben Boyd National Park, New South Wales
Keywordsmale, adult
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