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Rufous Treecreeper

Rufous Treecreeper (Image ID 42055)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 23rd Aug, 2020 and uploaded on Wed 26th Aug, 2020 .
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ID42055
CommentThe Rufous Treecreeper is endemic to Australia and occurs from south-western Western Australia to Eyre Peninsula of Southern Australia. It is a bird of woodlands with an open forest floor, and in WA it is frequently associated with Wandoo forests, where the greatest population density often occurs. The species forages on the branches and trunks of Eucalypt trees, often dead ones; here it pecks into nooks and crannies probing for insects and grubs. From the top of a standing dead tree trunk a Rufous Treecreeper will habitually glide to the forest floor to forage. Here it hops around energetically shoving leaf litter aside, looking in particular for ants. It will also seek out fallen logs and busily check these out for prey. The species is sedentary and lives in family groups, forming small territories, and the sexes are similar. Only the female incubates, but both sexes participate in feeding of the youngsters. St Ronan's Well Nature Reserve, York (GPS); WA. Status (2018): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D850
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR l+TC-14E MkIII Teleconverter
Technigue: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing upright shooting slightly upwards
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1600 sec at f7.1; +EV 0.3 & ISO-800. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C High & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing canvas, cropping to 155%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks
LocationSt Ronan's Well Nature Reserve, York, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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