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Unknown/not in list (Image ID 38391)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 2nd Feb, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 23rd Jan, 2020 .
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ID38391
CommentThis bird - a Collared Pratincole - is believed to be the first one ever sighted in Australia! I submit this photo to BirdLife only as a matter of record. When taking the photo, I had help locating the bird by a number of people with spotting scopes, as the bird was sitting tight far out, blending in with the surrounds so that I could not spot it with the naked eye. Once set up, I tightened down all equipment and used the timer to avoid vibration. I took about 10 photos, all alike. The Collared Pratincole is difficult to distinguish from the Oriental Pratincole. This bird was photographed eight days after it was first spotted at Herdsman Lake, in the belief that it belonged to the latter species, which is occasionally seen around Perth. Later on, however discussions concerning the identity of the sighting and the emerging of a number of photos deemed it a Collared Pratincole. A bird was also seen at Point Walter earlier on 22.01.19, and if it is the same bird, this is the first of its species ever to be recorded in Australia. A wader with a breeding range from southernmost Europe via northern Africa and into southwest Asia, it winters in tropical Africa and along the eastern coast of that continent, south until Durban. Pratincoles are peculiar amongst waders for also hunting their prey on the wing, like swallows. The bird was sitting tight at a mudflat close to the edge of water. Moondine Drive, Herdsman Lake; GPS not engaged. Worldwide status: Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D500 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Camera settings: Exposure Mode: ‘Programmed Auto’ f9 & EV +0.3 step; shutter speed 1/800s; ISO-500. Center-weighted Metering; Focus Mode AF-C; AF-Area Mode: Dynamic (72points). Nikon View NX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationMoondine Drive, Herdsman Lake; GPS not engaged, Western Australia
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