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Striated Pardalote

Striated Pardalote (Image ID 43399)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 8th Nov, 2020 and uploaded on Sun 15th Nov, 2020 .
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ID43399
CommentStriated Pardalote of WA. Pardalotus striatus substriatus.
Image specific (11.14.20BiL _BOZ9549 PsCT):
I went to Boyagin Nature Reserve in search of the elusive, re-introduced Numbat and I also kept an eye out for the mischievous Blue-breasted Fairy-Wren. Alas, I found none of these, but I found that flies and Striated Pardalotes were in abundance and the latter were very vocal. The pardalotes were displaying mating rituals I’m sure, in the air, something I had never observed before. They were very lively and inquisitive indeed and rather unafraid. I did this capture in the late, warm but harsh sunlight, when a bird came down low in hot pursuit of another pardalote, dancing along. Still, getting good images of this tiny bird is not that easy, as they are very small and very whimsical, nearly always moving around at speed. Only once in a while do they stop briefly, perhaps if surprised by realizing my presence or just to satisfy their natural curiosity. Locality of capture: Boyagin Nature Reserve, near Brookton, WA (GPS). Status of this species (2020): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens
Technique: 1.5X cropped DX sensor used = 750mm 'focal length equivalent in 35mm terms'
Camera rig support; Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimabal tripod head, standing low partly obscured by shrub.
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/3200 sec at f6.3; ISO-500. Metering Mode: Spot; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF Area Mode: Single. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to around 200%%, selective sharpening, removal of halos 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
LocationBoyagin Nature Reserve, Shire of Pingelly, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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