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Elegant Parrot

Elegant Parrot (Image ID 46485)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Wed 26th May, 2021 and uploaded on Thu 27th May, 2021 .
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ID46485
CommentThe Elegant Parrot (♀ ssp. carteri of WA depicted) is not one I notice or see all that often. However, I know of a woodland population of these little charmers at the base of Darling Scarp, where from they fly out to feed in adjacent grassland paddocks in the mornings this time of the year. Arriving just after dawn on a cold and hazy morning, I set myself up in a small hollow of the ground, sitting on a chair among shrubs with the sun over my left shoulder and with a 140¤ view of a bare patch of ground with soft, germinating herbs and grasses. This put me at just about eye level with any bird that came in to forage on the ground. Then I covered up completely in my small camouflage net and prepared myself for a period of waiting with a cup of coffee. The rest, as they say, is history! Time of capture 09:01.
EquipmentNikon D850 – DX Mode; GPS mounted, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens.

Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; sitting on chair among shrubs, covered up completely in a small camouflage net.

Exposure Mode: MANUAL 1/1600 sec at f6.3; ISO-640. Metering Mode: Center-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C & AF Area Mode: Dynamic, 9 points. VR: Off

Post Processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2021 for resizing and cropping to 166% followed by conversion to Tif, selective sharpening and general post-processing inclusive of removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise was used for mild blanket sharpening and moderate noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for subspecies’ distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationOrange Grove, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, feeding/with prey, adult
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