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    Default Old Mate III

    Species
    Common Name- Azure Kingfisher
    Scientific Name- Ceyx azureus

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    Date- 19/06/2017

    Location- Nurragingy reserve, Blacktown

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- Sony A77
    Lens- Sigma 150-500 @ 500mm

    Camera Settings
    ISO- ISO500
    F-Stop- F/8
    Shutter Speed- 1/10sec
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- 0EV, center weighted, nil

    Technique- Tripod and cable release

    Attraction Aides- None

    Post Production- Minute crop, levels and curves, selective noise reduction (NIK Define 2) and sharpening

    Notes- Went back for another visit with my old mate who as per it's usual was back hiding in the shade, glad I hauled my tripod along! Could of pushed the ISO lots further but knowing how still it usually sits gambled on the shutter speed for a cleaner frame.
    At one stage it perched on a rock no more than 2.5m away from me, managed to reposition the tripod, reframe (at 250mm) and get 2 shots off...unfortunately between getting focus and getting shots off something above took it's interest and I clipped half it's beak off.

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    Great shot of this guy as usual Johan, nice stuff.
    Life list: 358 Birds (Forty-Spotted Pardalote, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Dusky Robin; Bruny Island) (IOC)
    Greater Brisbane List: 155 Birds (Magpie Goose, Kedron Brook + Whiskered Tern, Dowse Lagoon) (IOC)

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    Great shot Johan. I might try and get there tomorrow. I usually take my photos handheld but I might try using your method with the tripod. I'll take my flash as well just in case.

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    Great shot, Johan. Would love to get close to one of these one day.

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    Great shot once again, Johan - amazing at that shutter speed.

    John

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    Great shot, only problem for me is that leaf going through the top right of the bird.

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    Another ripper of this guy Johan. Is there an oof grass stem or similar in front of the bird across its shoulder? Very nice, Wilson

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    Cheers.
    Yep, shutter speed is on the silly side of things..even tried a few ISO100 shots but none of them really came out due to minute movements by the bird.
    And indeed, there's one sprig of a casaurina leaf going thorough the bird.

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    Lovely pose and good feather detail Johan. I wonder if an adjustment to contrast, clarity, sharpness to the area which is impacted by the oof leaf might be worth a try using the Adjustment brush in Lightroom to lift this already very nice image even further.

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    Could be possible, never really tried it before though but might be worth looking into.
    Not in a mind to do it right now though, struck down with the dreaded "man flu" since yesterday morning...knowing how serious it is I'll likely not survive to the end of the week.

    Plus I got a few more shots off during my 2 hour stay, this is the day's LR catalog after culling.

    uhoh2 by Johan Olsson, on Flickr

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