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Pied Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird (Image ID 45928)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 20th Apr, 2021 and uploaded on Fri 30th Apr, 2021 .
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ID45928
CommentDepicted is Cracticus nigrogularis picatus, the westernmost subspecies.
The Pied Butcherbird is one of many, similar butcherbirds in Australia. It is widespread and locally common, avoiding only the harshest, arid areas of the mainland, as well as the heavily forested areas to the extreme south; it is not found in Tasmania at all. A bird of open woodlands, in WA it is only occasionally spotted in the Perth Region, where the Grey Butcherbird prevails. The Pied Butcherbird will eat anything from small mammals and reptiles to amphibians, birds, worms and insects down to the size of a bull ant; they will also eat fruit. The sexes are alike, the male being slightly larger, while immature birds have a pleasant, brown and white plumage rather than a black and white one. They live in small groups and they may hunt together, in pairs or alone. When hunting a bird will sit exposed on a favourite perch scouting for prey, returning here after each excursion to catch a morsel. Two subspecies exist. Vlamingh Head, WA. Status (2016): Least Concern. Time of capture 10:21
EquipmentEquipment: Nikon D850 camera body with Nikkor AF-S 80-400 f4.5-5.6G ED VR IF N lens at 220mm zoom. Camera rig support: none/handheld.
Exposure Mode: Manual; shutter speed 1/800 sec; f5.6 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points.
Post Production: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing, and selecting file(s). Nikon View-NXi for Tif conversion. Adobe Photoshop 2021 for resizing and 122% crop, selective sharpening and noise control as well as general post processing inclusive of removing halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and Topaz Studio 2 for blanket noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, subspecies distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationVlamingh Head, North West Cape, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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