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Silvereye

Silvereye (Image ID 46493)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 2nd Jul, 2017 and uploaded on Fri 28th May, 2021 .
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ID46493
CommentThe depicted bird is a Western Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis chloronotus.
The Western Silvereye is a green-backed subspecies of the widely distributed Silvereye subspecies of SA, the Eastern States and Tasmania. It is restricted to WA, where it is a declared pest of agriculture due to its ability to penetrate ripening fruit with its sharply pointed bill and then utilizing its brush-tipped tongue to rasp out all the juicy flesh inside; thus, it can destroy entire harvests. During the breeding season from September to January, the birds pair up and may raise 2 or 3 broods, but in the autumn they form quite large foraging flocks that roam widely and often venture into orchards and gardens, where they will consume olives, grapes, figs, plums and peaches with vigour, though they also eat a lot of small insects and nectar from flowering native plants. The Western Silvereye is more common in coastal regions, but it does have a large distribution area, occurring west of a line drawn roughly from Madura to Carnarvon. Kelmscott (GPS), WA. Status (2016): Least Concern. Time of capture 15:20
EquipmentNikon D800 with Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens.
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f5.6 at 1/400s; + EV 0.3 & ISO-320. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing, selecting file and Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2021 for 192% crop, resizing, selective sharpening and general post-processing as well as removing some disturbing elements and mild halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for subspecies’ distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationKelmscott, Western Australia
Keywordsfeeding/with prey, adult
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