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Hoary-headed Grebe

Hoary-headed Grebe (Image ID 45186)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 13th Nov, 2013 and uploaded on Sat 6th Mar, 2021 .
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ID45186
CommentImage specific (03.06.BiL_BOZ7595): The breeding seasons of 2013 and 2014 were god for Perth inner city Lake Claremont. Each year, good rains had filled the lake and kept it a high water levels until the following autumn, and though only a small lake, a plethora of waterbirds turned up to breed here. So also at least two pairs of Hoary-headed Grebes; here, a pair is seen in breeding plumage. I have not seen Hoary-headed Grebes at Lake Claremont in recent years, no doubt due to the water level being too low for the species. I think that the rusty red colour on the breast of the LH bird may be due to feather staining from the water, it’s been living in; normally, the breast of these grebes are not that intensely rufous coloured. We see the same phenomenon in marine cormorants, but I know from my native country of Denmark that also humus in bogs can stain feathers. The capture was taken on a dull and windy morning at 08:43.
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR Camera rig support: Manfrotto Article 055B tripod/Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head; kneeling on boardwalk shooting somewhat downwards EXPOSURE MODE: Aperture Priority f6.3; shutter speed 1/400 sec; EV +0.7 step & ISO-320. Matrix Metering Mode; Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 21 points. VR: Off Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing, selecting files and Tif conversion; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 153% crop, selective sharpening and general post processing inclusive of some halo removal; Topaz Pro plug-in Studio 2 for contrast adjustment and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationLake Claremont, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, adult, breeding plumage/features
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