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White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Image ID 46180)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 19th May, 2018 and uploaded on Fri 14th May, 2021 .
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ID46180
CommentYou never know when a White-bellied Sea-Eagle might occur, when you’re out looking for birds at or near water. But you can be just about sure it appears, when you least expect it, and you’ve the camera set for another other subject. Mostly they arrive suddenly and without a warning, sun behind them, and as soon as they spot you, they quickly gain height and disappear. I have found this raptor very difficult to get a half decent photo of, even though I see it quite often, especially juvenile birds, as the one depicted here. This one came quite close, as I stood under the overhanging roof of a viewing platform and couldn’t be seen from above; we saw each other simultaneously, and it gave me time for a burst of exposures, this being the better one. Time of capture: 08:53.
EquipmentNikon D3S camera body

Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR

Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head

Camera Settings: Aperture Priority at f7.1 with shutter speed 1/1250 sec & EV +0.3 stop; ISO-400. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-C; AF Area Mode: Single.

Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for Tif conversion, resizing and 165% crop, selective sharpening and general post processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for moderate blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data, distribution confirmation and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsimmature, in flight
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