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Lesser Frigatebird

Lesser Frigatebird (Image ID 35186)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 26th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Fri 10th May, 2019 .
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ID35186
CommentThis bird did a couple of very close fly-bys to check us out, less than 10m away by my estimate - have a look at the focal length used for this, although this is cropped a little. Taken on a pelagic trip near Ball's Pyramid off the south end of Lord Howe Island on BLP member Jack Shick's charter boat. Shark liver berlei was used to attract in birds to the boat. It was a surprise to see this as it is considered a vagrant in that area, sometimes blown down with weather systems such as cyclones.

My thanks to David Newell who investigated the ID and confirmed this as an immature Lesser. Opinion at the time of sighting was that it was a Greater Frigatebird.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 153mm
1/2500 sec, f7.1, ISO 1250.
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
Keywordsimmature, in flight
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