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Little Egret

Little Egret (Image ID 46436)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 23rd May, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 24th May, 2021 .
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ID46436
CommentThe Little Egret is widespread in Australia, avoiding only the driest interior. It might hunt hectically and at length in shallow water, chasing invertebrates, small fish, tadpoles and frogs. It can sometimes perform quite a dance in pursuit of prey, but in this instance the egret went after a morsel at a gallop after having missed it when stabbing at it. It did catch it a moment later! The day of capture was overcast and grey with the occasional shower. Time of capture 09:16.
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS mounted – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing under tree at shoreline covered by camouflage netting
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/6400 sec at f4.5; ISO-500. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points.
Post Processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing, selecting file and Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2021 for resizing Tif file to desired specifications, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control, and after this Topaz Studio 2 was used to soften the image a bit. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationWellard Wetlands, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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