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Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 45348)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 14th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 15th Mar, 2021 .
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ID45348
CommentImage Specific (OL_3148921):
On this day, I went along the shorelines of Swan River and the estuary, starting at Fremantle. On the day I counted 36 Australian Pied Oystercatchers on the 3 major sand spits here. First stop was Point Walter, where 17 oystercatchers were feeding at low tide on the largest sand spit, and interestingly, the birds were showing signs of already starting to pair up with unpaired birds constantly usurping someone else’s partner. This gave reason to quite a bit of kafuffle with established pairs responding by ‘parallel running’ and frequently taking to the wing in order to shake off the usurper or chase it away. It was impossible for me to accurately determine who belonged to whom, only that the whole affair was noisy and frenetic and probably quite stressing for the mated pairs. But only a single bird was seen off for good, the rest habitually returned to continue foraging and perhaps hoping for another opportunity to arise in which to woo a partner. Time of capture 07:58
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens
Camera rig support: Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2.
Technique: Sitting on knees on sandbank at water’s edge.
Camera settings: Exposure Program: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/2500 sec, f5.6 & ISO-400. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’; Focus Mode: ‘C-AF/Manual’ and Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (Silent-1frame)’. Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO) & In-Camera-Sharpness +2. Bird recognition firmware:On
Post Processing: FastStone for viewing & sorting, Olympus Workspace for Tif conversion and metadata; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 148% crop, selective work and general post-processing incl. removal of disturbing elements and minimal halos. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationPoint Walter, Bicton, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult, behaviour/display
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