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Western Shrike-tit

Western Shrike-tit (Image ID 45416)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 16th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Sat 20th Mar, 2021 .
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ID45416
CommentGENERAL (image OL_3169505; depicted is a Crested/Western Shrike-Tit from south-western WA): This is a bird I had not managed to photograph for some twenty years, and I never had any digital image of it until March 2021. These birds are small, swift and jittery and generally keep up too high for a decent capture; I believe this bird is a male, due to its black bib. The Crested Shrike-Tit is endemic to Australia. WA has two subspecies, one in the north and one occurring in the wetter, south-western eucalypt forests and woodlands; it is absent from the Swan Coastal Plain. This latter subspecies is also known as the Western Shrike-Tit. The nominate subspecies is found in all Eastern States as well as SA, but the species is not found at all in Tasmania. Concerns are held for all three subspecies due to habitat fragmentation and loss; large fires are another major risk. Being a small bird and foraging alone or in small parties up in the trees rather than on or near the ground, it is easily overlooked, even if revealing its presence by the rather distinct call. The species is mainly insectivorous, indefatigably probing bark for insects and grubs, but fruits and seeds are eaten, too. Surprisingly for a bird of its size, during breeding season it furthermore takes young birds as a protein boost. Dryandra Woodlands (GPS), WA. Status (2016): Least Concern. Time of capture 08:03.
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens Manfrotto Monopod Art 434SSB with Manfrotto Tilt Head Art 234RC Technique: Standing tall in the open, tracking bird with camera rig Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/1000 sec, f4 & ISO-500. Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’; Focus Mode: ‘C-AF/Manual’ and Drive: ‘Sequential shooting (Silent-5frame)’. Image Stabilizer on (S-SIS AUTO) & In-Camera-Sharpness +2. Bird recognition firmware:On Post Processing: FastStone for viewing & sorting, Olympus Workspace for Tif conversion to 1400X1040 pix and for metadata; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 120% crop, selective work and general post-processing incl. removal of disturbing elements and slight halos; the image was selectively sharpened and noise reduction was applied in Adobe Photoshop also. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationDryandra Woodlands, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult
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