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Superb Lyrebird

Superb Lyrebird (Image ID 33667)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 11th Jan, 2019 and uploaded on Sat 19th Jan, 2019 .
Resolution1359x1050
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ID33667
CommentAction shot foraging on the forest floor. I have been making forays into the forest on our bush block and into nearby forest areas down the south coast for quite a few years after a good photo opportunity with these elusive birds. I finally had some luck on the last visit when I found this male next to our access road and followed him for about an hour as he moved, foraged and went about his business. I took more than 500 shots during this time and thoroughly enjoyed having such a great session with him, often at close range as I was able to sneak up behind tree trunks without him seeming to notice me. It had been raining and the leaf litter was soft and unusually quiet to walk on which helped considerably although it was still overcast and the light was poor meaning I had to push my exposure settings to get any useable shots.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 153mm
1/160 sec, f7.1, ISO 3200.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction (at about 50% of default values). A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationNethercote (New South Wales)
Keywordsmale, feeding, adult
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