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Lewin's Rail

Lewin's Rail
Photographed by:Glenn Pure on Fri 14th Apr, 2017 and uploaded on Fri 21st Apr, 2017 .
Resolution:1325x1050
Viewed:122
ID:25310
Comment:Early morning photo. Never having seen one of these before, at first, I thought it was a spotted crake. The bird was not far off the boardwalk around Lake Curalo and was moving through the open areas, not hugging the reeds. It seemed unfazed by people walking past on the boardwalk only 6 or so metres away, one commenting to me that 'you don't see those too often'. I didn't twig. After photographing some other birds in the early light, I came back to this spot. The bird was still there in much the same spot so I dropped down off the boardwalk and crouched down in some low vegetation (although I would have been clearly visible to the bird). It went about its business, seeming not to notice me, moving very close at one point - maybe only 2 metres or so away. Unfortunately, I'd accidentally turned my image stabiliser off and most of the shots I got were discards.
Equipment:Canon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm
1/500 sec, f7.1, ISO 640.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction. A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject using Neat Image plugin for PSE. The background was noise reduced and the main subject sharpened.
Location:Lake Curalo, Eden (New South Wales)
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