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Elegant Parrot

Elegant Parrot (Image ID 46469)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 22nd May, 2021 and uploaded on Tue 25th May, 2021 .
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ID46469
CommentThe depicted Elegant Parrot, which I am quite certain is a male, is of the Western Australian subspecies N. elegans carteri.
This Elegant Parrot is not one I notice or see all that often, though it is far from unusual in my neck of the woods of WA. I know that it occurs in a number of localities near my Kelmscott home, and still I don’t see it often, when I go there. I put this down to its pale olive green and yellow colours, small size, puny call and generally unobtrusive behaviour and the fact that, when nesting, it does so high up in tree hollows. However, ever since I was a young man, I’ve known of a population of these little charmers near the border of Korung National Park in the Perth Hills, where from they fly out to feed in adjacent grassland paddocks in the mornings this time of the year. I aim to get a capture of them feeding on the ground this year, but they’re proving rather flighty, so until I succeed, I’ll submit this image of a perched bird. Time of capture 08:51.
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 1/800 sec at f4.5; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-weighted; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: On.

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, 280% crop, 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 ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationOrange Grove, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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