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Banded Lapwing

Banded Lapwing (Image ID 46329)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 10th Sep, 2011 and uploaded on Wed 19th May, 2021 .
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ID46329
CommentI came across upon a pair of Banded Lapwings raising 3 or 4 chicks while staying at Ninghan Station. The chicks were still downies, and the family was busily feeding in between a carpet of flowering Everlastings. Any of the birds hence proved difficult to get a clear view of, and in the end I have settled to show this one particular, when one of the adult birds briefly ventured out into a patch of red, open ground. Alas, there’s still the odd disturbing wildflower present, but in bird photography it’s often impossible to get everything right, as I am certain many of you here would testify to. Interesting, the best place to get to see this species in Perth is on the prison grounds at Canning Vale (very restricted access) and on Jandakot Airport. However, they are common on Rottnest Island. Time of capture 15:05
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens.
Manfrotto Article 055B tripod/Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head, following the bird around, crouching low at time of exposure.
Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f6.3, EV -0.3 step. Shutter speed 1/1000 sec & ISO-200. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. Picture Control: Vivid
Post processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file & Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 for 171% crop, initial applications in Camera RAW, then selective sharpening, removal of halos and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for heavy blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationNinghan Station, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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