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Black-tailed Native-hen

Black-tailed Native-hen (Image ID 45462)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 10th May, 2019 and uploaded on Tue 23rd Mar, 2021 .
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ID45462
CommentThe Black-tailed Native-Hen is a large rail. It carries its tail high and folded and walks with a peculiar chicken-like gait. Seen alone or in pairs, sometimes it can be found in small parties. The species has a wide distribution in mainland Australia with a preferred habitat of wetlands of both fresh and brackish water. It feeds on open areas near water by alternately swaggering around and running swiftly in an erratic manner to stir up insects. The species breeds in swamps near water in dense grass or lignum. Black-tailed Native-Hens may be sparse or absent from areas for periods of time, only to pop up when good rainfalls fill up lakes and wetlands favourably for breeding. During such periods an irruption may occur, and the birds might breed up in near plague proportions. A minor irruption took place in the Perth Region in the 2012 to 2014 seasons, but since then low rainfall has meant that this rail is only seen occasionally here. Yanchep Nat Park, WA. Status (2016): Least Concern. Time of Capture 09:54
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head Camera Settings: MANUAL Exposure Mode with shutter speed 1/800 sec at f5.6; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files and Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 117% crop, selective sharpening and general post processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and Studio 2 for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationYanchep National Park, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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