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Emu

Emu (Image ID 46011)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Thu 22nd Apr, 2021 and uploaded on Thu 6th May, 2021 .
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ID46011
CommentI came upon a small group of emus just ½km north of Exmouth while out and about. Much to my surprise, when stopping the car, these birds did not take off like rockets as I was otherwise accustomed to over the years. A nearby sign by the road explained this: ‘Government land – no shooting!’ Though the location was not quite part of the nearby Bundegi Coastal Park, it was obvious that the birds were left to thrive in peace here, and so they had no fear of humans. Other folks stopped and warned me off for being out of my car, but I rightfully calculated that as long as the two large chicks following the male around did not come between me and him, I’d be alright. He did, however, occasionally puff himself up a bit as seen and made some low, hissing noises at me, just to make me aware that he was aware of my presence. Time of capture: 15:35
EquipmentNikon D850
Nikkor AF-S 80-400 f4.5-5.6G ED VR IF N at 400mm
Technique: Handheld; standing tall close-up to car
Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority 1/1250sec at f7.1; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
Post Processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file; Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 for resizing and cropping to 115% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing followed by noticeable blurring of the background using the ‘Selection Tool’ and ‘Reduce Noise’ procedure; Topaz Pro plug-ins DeNoise and Studio 2 were used for mild blanket sharpening and moderate blanket noise control. ‘Australian Geographic’ 2016 article was sourced for ‘The Emu War’ and ‘The Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationExmouth, North West Cape, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, behaviour/display
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