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Straw-necked Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis (Image ID 46345)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 2nd Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 20th May, 2021 .
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ID46345
CommentOn this occasion I had come to suburban Herdsman Lake in order to photograph a rare pratincole that was rumoured to hang around there. Meanwhile, other photo opportunities abounded and among many other captures of the day, I have picked out this Straw-necked Ibis, which was foraging in drying-out swampland at the edge of the lake. The image clearly shows how deep into the mud this species of ibis may probe with its bill. Time of capture 08:09.
EquipmentNikon D500 camera body with Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens. Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing crouched in mud under tree.
Camera settings: Exposure Mode: ‘Programmed Auto’; f6.3 & shutter speed 1/2500s with EV -0.3 step; ISO-400. Center-weighted Metering; Focus Mode AF-C; AF-Area Mode: Dynamic, 72points.
Raw/CC 2021 for Tif conversion, resizing and 148% crop as well as for general post-processing inclusive of selective sharpening and removal of mild halos. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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