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Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo

Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 43980)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 10th May, 2019 and uploaded on Mon 21st Dec, 2020 .
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ID43980
CommentAt Yanchep National Park it’s possible to see flocks of WA endemic Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos fly in to Lake Wagardu for a morning drink. Habitually they arrive at 8 o’clock sharp during the month of May, and on the day they did not disappoint. After their morning drink this pair is in deep and joyful conversation, obviously enjoying the moment while on the wing to the shore for socializing. The communal drinking session is as much a social affair: Boy meets girl etc., and this daily meet is not one to go without. It’s all over within 30 minutes, and afterwards the cockatoos move to the nearby Tuart and Jarrah trees to forage, which they mostly do in silence interrupted only by the odd squabble. The astute observer will notice lots of little twigs sailing towards the ground, revealing the quietly feeding birds above. The official status confirms the fact that major concern has long been held for the lasting survival of this species. Yanchep National Park. Status (2019): Endangered
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing tall on shore of Lake wagardu
Exposure Mode: MANUAL. Shutter speed 1/2000 sec at f8; Auto ISO-720. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Single. In-camera sharpening +6 and saturation +1.
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 240% crop, selective sharpening, lifting of shadows and general post processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI & DeNoise AI for blanket sharpening and noise control. Again, using Photoshop 2020 the Psd file was then converted to Tif and resized to 1800X1400 pix using the ‘Bicubic (smooth gradients)’ setting and residual halos removed hereafter manually. Finally Topaz Studio 2 was applied for mild noise reduction prior to converting to Jpg. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationYanchep National park, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, in flight, adult, breeding plumage/features, behaviour/display
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