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Western Spinebill

Western Spinebill (Image ID 40022)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 12th Apr, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 15th Apr, 2020 .
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ID40022
CommentOne of our smallest honeyeaters and often overlooked, the Western Spinebill is nevertheless a common species. Even when it’s known to be around, getting a clear view of it requires patience. Always on the move, systematically probing flowers and generally fluttering about, it is rarely at rest, and though distinctive, the song is rather quiet. Hence the bird often just reveals its arrival by a whir of rapid wing flapping, quite humming-bird style. During late autumn and winter the species wander into Perth gardens, where an assortment of suitable, winter flowering scrubs may be found, including several foreign plant species. Having found a patch of blooming Parrot Bush, throughout the morning the male Western Spinebill depicted was checking out their flowers. Constantly coming and going he was habitually chased away by larger honeyeaters. Often, his duller female appeared beside him. Western Spinebills are found in southwest WA only. Bungendore Park; GPS. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body
with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens + MC-14 Teleconverter.
Camera rig Support: Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2.
Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/160 sec, f5.6 & ISO-640. Metering Mode: ‘Spot’. Autofocus single 'Large Spot'.
Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing and slight crop; Topaz Pro plug-ins DeNoise & Studio 2 for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBungendore Park; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult
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