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Weebill

Weebill (Image ID 44205)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 10th Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 11th Jan, 2021 .
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ID44205
CommentThe image is of the south-western Western Australian subspecies Smicrornis brevirostris occidentalis.
GENERAL:
Taking its specific scientific name from the Latin word meaning 'short bill', as could be expected the Weebill has a short and stubby bill. Endemic to, and Australia's smallest bird though often glimpsed, it is a difficult bird to get a good, clear view of, due to its small size and frenetic life style. Only occasionally does it come down low, and it is rare to see it on the ground. Normally these tiny birds forage in the outer edges of tree canopy tops or mid-canopy, where they glean small scale insects from the leaves, but they do prey on other insects too, such as spiders. Moving around in small, active parties, they are social birds and outside of breeding season, they are often seen in mixed flocks with pardalotes and the quite similar thornbill species. Favouring open eucalypt forests the Weebill has a very large distribution area, avoiding only the harshest inland areas and the wettest of forests and Tasmania as a whole. Dryandra Woodlands (GPS), WA. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D850 with GPS mounted – DX Mode
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; standing under tree
Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/800 sec at f5; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C Low & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for resizing and cropping to 150% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for medium blanket sharpening and mild noise control. The image looks like a ‘bird on stick’ but is a result of the bird being heavily backlit and all twigs in the image having been cloned away and the background desaturated. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for species distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationDryandra Woodlands, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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