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Mistletoebird

Mistletoebird (Image ID 44018)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 19th Dec, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 28th Dec, 2020 .
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ID44018
CommentAdditional notes for rewamped image:
Not being entirely happy with the shadows across the shoulder of my first submission, I worked this image over again reducing this shadow. Also, I removed the twig running into the vent of the bird and then tamed the background a bit.
Image specific (BIL_BOZ4887): I went back to Bassendean at the same spot of Swan River, where I photographed Mistletoebirds the week-end before; this time I brought the Nikon, and I spent an hour observing the birds here, until I established a pattern of their coming and going. Then I set up under a group of Casuarina trees hosting Mistletoes in flower and covered up in camouflage netting in front of some dead shrubs that were somewhat open and right up to the host trees. During a further 2 hours of photography I observed a group of 5 or 6 Mistletoebirds, with at least two males in colour; one of the males flew in with a spider, something I had never previously noticed. I was lucky enough also to get a photo of this. Never quite getting a capture where I most wanted it, this image was the better one out of a total of nearly 200 images. Most of these where just waste, as these birds are small and fast and jittery, not allowing for many really good ‘keepers’.
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS mounted – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing under Mistletoe host trees with camera rig concealed by camouflage netting
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/2000 sec at f5; ISO-320. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points.
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing canvas and cropping to 280%, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of slight halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationAshfield Flats, Bassendean, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult
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