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Oriental Pratincole

Oriental Pratincole (Image ID 44438)
Photographed byChris Young on Sat 23rd Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 25th Jan, 2021 .
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ID44438
CommentAdult in non-breeding plumage with diagnostic broken 'chinstrap'. Oriental Pratincoles depart out shores in late February to commence breeding in Asia from March onwards. This bird is displaying the early characteristics of preparing for breeding – red base to the bill and is almost certainly commencing a pre-breeding moult.

This shot was taken when it was almost dark on an heavily overcast day, consequently the shot was taken at f/5.6, high ISO of 2500 and relatively slower shutter speed than I would like for a handheld shot.

The bird was approached whilst wading slowly through a lagoon, birds are often more approachable when there is water between you and them. Photograph taken whilst squatting down in the water...ending up with a wet behind.
EquipmentCanon EOS R5 Mark IV, Canon EF 500mm f4L IS II USM Lens & Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

Handheld at 700mm, exposed at 1/2500 secs, f/5.6 on ISO 2500. Manual

Processed using DPP4 (using Ian Wilson's notes) & Lightroom with Topaz plug-in for noise reduction.
LocationTaylor's Lagoon, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, non-breeding plumage/features
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