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    Default Not a Blue-face

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    Common Name- Chestnut-Breasted Mannikin
    Scientific Name- Lonchura castaneothorax

    Date- 7/7/17

    Location- Julatten

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    Brand/Model- 5D MK IV
    Lens- 500mm II +1.4III

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    F-Stop- 6.3
    Shutter Speed- 1/320
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash- 0/partial/no flash

    Technique- Monopod

    Attraction Aides- nil

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    Notes- One of my target species on the recent trip tp FNQ was the Blue-faced Parrot finch. Apparently they were in this location in numbers just a week before but not for me (isn't that the way). Plenty of Red-browed Finches and a few of these Mannikins which still make an nice shot. Pity about the OOF grass over the tail but decided to leave as shot rather than try and remove.
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    Nice sharp shot Trevor. I like those claws clamped around the grass.
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    Pitty about the Finches, but isn't that nearly always the way Trevor. I also find there is often a blade of grass or branch that is always in the was as well. This is a very crisp image Trevor with wonderful feather detail on the bird. The background really brings out the bird. Would love to know what Post Production you did on it.
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    Bad luck about the Parrot finch Trevor. But this is a beautiful in habitat consolation prize. Lovely sharp image, well done.

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    "You should have been here yesterday." That's a phrase I keep on hearing!

    Nice consolation shot though, Trevor.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon Bull View Post
    Pitty about the Finches, but isn't that nearly always the way Trevor. I also find there is often a blade of grass or branch that is always in the was as well. This is a very crisp image Trevor with wonderful feather detail on the bird. The background really brings out the bird. Would love to know what Post Production you did on it.
    Many thanks for the comments Devon. Opps sorry forgot to add the post production notes. This one actually did not need too much - Raw conversion and adjustments in Capture One, contrast, brightness, highlights and levels. No cloning or extra NR needed. Finally reduce and sharpen for web in Capture One.

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    Wonderfully detailed image of a small bird in habitat. Congrats on getting your target bird, a very nice result.

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    Look at the size of those claws Nice shot Trevor

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    Outstanding shot Trevor very crisp picture. Find the curve of the grasses really sets off this beautiful bird, well done.

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    Very nice Trevor, the busy BG of grass compliments the species.

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    Looks great to us, the grass over the tail doesn't detract at all, that's where they live.


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    A nice contrasty habitat shot Trevor . Parrot finches would be a nice reason to return .
    Regards Woody .
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    Beautiful habitat photo Trevor of these lovely birds. I've only just recently seen them for the first time as they flew off the ground in front of me and perched in some lantana in the shade. Needless to say I've been going back since then and no success. Congrats.

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    lovely shot Trevor. Nice detail and I really like the perch and setting.

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    Lovely image Trevor of a great little bird. Background and grass stems look great. All I could suggest is maybe a slight drop in the contrast. Lovely and well done, Wilson

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