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Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark (Image ID 46162)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 19th Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 13th May, 2021 .
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ID46162
CommentThis female Magpie-Lark is from Perth outer metro Lake Joondalup, on an overcast afternoon at 16:35 with a camera I contemplated buying. As is usual, photographing solely black and white birds proved quite difficult in spite of the cloudy day, but I think that I managed to get good details in nearly all parts of the bird. We haven’t yet many images of this species from WA, so I think this one has good merit in spite of the high angle of view. The bird is of the southern subspecies: Grallina cyanoleuca cyanoleuca, which is found across the southern half of the Australian mainland.
EquipmentNikon D810 – DX Mode. Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1600 sec at f4; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. Lens: Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR.
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing crouched
Post Processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file; Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 for Tif conversion, cropping, resizing, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for moderate blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationLake Joondalup, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, feeding/with prey, adult
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