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Mulga Parrot

Mulga Parrot (Image ID 46792)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 26th Sep, 2010 and uploaded on Thu 24th Jun, 2021 .
Resolution1400x1089
Viewed81
ID46792
CommentTravelling on the Ninghan-Yalgoo road at low speed, I was alerted to a small family party of Mulga Parrots flying up in front of me. They went to ground in low shrublands further up the road, and I drove up to that point and eased myself and my camera rig out onto the road here. Walking about 20m into the shrub along bare patches of ground, I soon fond the little flock of parrots now quietly foraging among the low vegetation, feeding on seeds peeled from very low, small plants. Here, I’ve captured a female Mulga Parrot busily feeding in her natural environment. The birds were not shy, but always stayed in among vegetation, never giving me a single clear shot of any of them. Finally, the male bird got tired of my presence and flew off, taking the rest of the party with him. Time of capture 15:35.
EquipmentNikon D3 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens,
Manfrotto Article 055B tripod/Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head
Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority f6.3, EV -0.3 step. Shutter speed 1/500 sec & ISO-320. Metering Mode: Matrix; Focus Mode: AF-S & AF-Area Mode: Single. Picture Control: Vivid
Post processing: Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting file followed by Tif conversition; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 186% crop, selective sharpening, general post-processing and removal of halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise AI for moderate blanket sharpening and mild noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data, distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationMongers Lake near Perenjori, Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, feeding/with prey, adult
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