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Galah

Galah (Image ID 43203)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 28th Oct, 2020 and uploaded on Sat 31st Oct, 2020 .
Resolution1800x1070
Viewed150
ID43203
CommentA pair of Galahs were either preparing to nest or perhaps they already had chicks in the hollow perch shown. A larger hole was at the extremity, but this hole, covered by the head of the bird, was about 2½ m down from the end of the dead branch, and hardly 60 mm in diameter. I don’t think even a juvenile Galah could squeeze out through this hole; nevertheless this adult bird kept crawling down to the hole to possibly listen and visually checking it or its contents out. It was like peeping through a key hole, I guess, and the experience left me with a smile on my face.
The Galah featured is of the Western Australian subspecies E. roseicapilla roseicapilla, a common bird in most parts of WA and indeed in the Perth Greater Metro area. Species Status (IUCN 2019): Least Concern with ‘trend increasing’.
EquipmentNikon D850
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens + TC-14E MkIII Teleconverter = 700mm focal length
Technique:
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing tall in the open, about 3m from the bird.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1600 sec at f6.3; ISO-1250. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C high/5 frames per sec & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: On
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 118%, selective sharpening and general post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution, data and colour checks
LocationErskine Lakes, Mandurah, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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