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    Common Name- Diamond Firetail
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    Date- August 2017

    Location- Monarto, South Australia

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    Technique- laying down

    Attraction Aides- feeder

    Post Production- crop, LR tweaks to raw, Radial filter to enhance natural vignette of foliage

    Notes- Had a great couple of days over in Adelaide for ANZANG opening catching up with a bunch of awesome friends from here
    Craig Greer took us to a bush birding spot where there was a small feeder in the bush and lots of these guys coming in. Unfortunately the feeder was encased by a big wire cage so trying to get a shot of birds perched nearby was the best chance at a more natural setting. Managed to get this guy through some foliage.
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    Stunning shot Dave - beautiful light on the bird with that dark bg. Perhaps "Diamond in the Dark" might fit more as there's nothing rough here.
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    This is stunning David, love the curves of branches in the bokeh in the background. From seeing this spot with my own eyes, I am impressed with this.

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    your works so good and you have some crazy gear as well.
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    I really like this one Dave. Light centered on the bird but not the rest of the perch looks great, a handsome little subject and I really like the background textures. Lovely, Wilson

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    That spotlit effect is awesome. Love this! Nice curves in the perch.
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    Love the contrast between the bright colors on the bird and that of the surrounds. Little bit of green under the perch lessens that a little, but no big deal. The bird is lit up as star of the show.
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    It's all been said, Dave - love it.

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    Wonderful shot Dave, though the perch is quite massive the light on the bird has it as the main attraction. Well done.

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    Glad you got to visit this spot David, and took away a ripper shot to boot! My partner installed this feeding station for her PhD study on Diamond Firetails to look at their breeding success and survivorship (which is why you might have seen some colour-banded individuals too). Unfortunately the Fort Knox design was necessary because the whole setup was stolen earlier in the year and we had to rebuild it. I might suggest she attaches some aesthetically pleasing branches to the side of the cage to facilitate better photo opportunities; she has gathered some very useful data from generous birders sharing their pics after visiting the site. The powers of science and photographers combined!

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    Nice shot David, looks fantastic with the lighting. .looks like it had vignetting, which makes the bird stand out more.,

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    Really like the spotlight effect, David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hunt View Post
    Glad you got to visit this spot David, and took away a ripper shot to boot! My partner installed this feeding station for her PhD study on Diamond Firetails to look at their breeding success and survivorship (which is why you might have seen some colour-banded individuals too). Unfortunately the Fort Knox design was necessary because the whole setup was stolen earlier in the year and we had to rebuild it. I might suggest she attaches some aesthetically pleasing branches to the side of the cage to facilitate better photo opportunities; she has gathered some very useful data from generous birders sharing their pics after visiting the site. The powers of science and photographers combined!
    Thanks Tom! Great to have the background information mate
    Seemed like they didn't like using a perch stuck out of the cage - always came in from the bushes. Yes the colour-banded ones were there - not great subjects though
    Let me know if she would like the colour banded info?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mervyn Marsh View Post
    Nice shot David, looks fantastic with the lighting. .looks like it had vignetting, which makes the bird stand out more.,
    Thanks Merv! Yes I did enhance the vignette a bit - sorry forgot to add that in the original post. I'll update it now thanks mate
    Cheers, Dave

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    Ah, of course! Foolish of me to think they would ever land where you want them to! And if you have some images with colour banded birds to share that would be fantastic! That data is invaluable for info on survivorship for her study. You can send them via FB messenger or I'll send you my email. Thanks so much. And if you're interested in some more info on her project you can access an article she wrote for BioR - an Adelaide-based conservation NGO we volunteer for - at the link below:
    http://bior.org.au/2017/06/have-you-...ne-newsletter/

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