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Masked Booby

Masked Booby (Image ID 35184)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 26th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Fri 10th May, 2019 .
Resolution1400x981
Viewed61
ID35184
CommentThis is subspecies tasmani which has breeding colonies at various sites around Lord Howe Island, notably a few inaccessible headlands and islets. This species has a dark iris, although not that obvious in this photo. Subspecies dactylatra has a yellow iris. This shot was taken near the north end of the island on a pelagic trip with other BLP members (Ian Wilson, David Newell, John Stirling and Warren Wilson) on Jack Shick's boat. Jack is a long-time LHI resident and more recent BLP member. My thanks to Jack for taking us out and showing us the great birds around LHI.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm
1/2500 sec, f8, ISO 1000.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction (at about 50% of default values). 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(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationLord Howe Island, New South Wales
Keywordsin flight, adult
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