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Red-capped Parrot

Red-capped Parrot (Image ID 46537)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 30th May, 2021 and uploaded on Wed 2nd Jun, 2021 .
Resolution1400x1000
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ID46537
CommentBased on the behaviour and display I briefly observed, I am convinced that this is a young female Red-capped Parrot above, and her adult male below. I’d say that she is in the final stages of putting on her adult plumage in time for the breeding season. Red-capped Parrots are very alert and not easy to approach and my quick movements to get my camera lens on them instantly made them nervous, and the pair of them took off a second later.
The image is, I think, slightly motion blurred at the 1/1000sec shutter speed, which I guess must have been too slow in spite of the camera rig being tripod mounted. I had the D850 in DX Mode, giving me a 750mm focal length, and obviously this was not quite fast enough at that focal length. Time of capture 10:00.
EquipmentNikon D850–DX Mode; GPS mounted, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens.
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing among shrubs at a distance with the camera lens only covered in camouflage netting.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1000 sec at f6.3; ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C & 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 and cropping to 123%, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in Sharpen AI & DeNoise were used for extensive blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationOrange Grove, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, juvenile, adult
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