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    Default Juvenile Dotterel+

    Species
    Common Name- Black-fronted Dotterel
    Scientific Name- Elseyornis melanops

    Date-05/12/2017

    Location-Pitt Town Lagoon NSW

    Camera Details
    Brand/Model- Nikon D800
    Lens-Nikkor 200-500 @ 500mm

    Camera Settings
    ISO- 800
    F-Stop-f/5.6
    Shutter Speed- 1/800s
    Exposure Bias/Metering/Flash-Nil/Evaluative/Not fired

    Technique- Handheld kneeling down

    Attraction Aides- Nil

    Post Production- Large Crop, slight decrease in exposure, Increase in vibrancy and saturation. Background blur and NR

    Notes- I felt sorry for this little bird. It wanted to feed on the water's edge but an adult Red-kneed Dotterel kept chasing it away.

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    Nice shot Narelle. Red-kneed Dotterel are some of the more agressive waders and often see off larger birds. However that is as nature intended it would seem, comes down to survival of the fittest and the gene pool.

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    Lovely shot of a sweet youngster Narelle. I like the habitat too.

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    Very nicely done, Narelle. Where about on Pitt Town is this? The only spot I really know there is the bird hide, which is usually a pretty crummy place for photos.

    John

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    John, after travelling along Pitt Town Rd (presuming you have driven to the area via Windsor Road), you make a left hand turn into a small road just after the bend before coming into the main town area. The road is called Lagoon Road - its a dirt road. You follow the road to the end where you will come across a gate. Park in front of the gate, walk through the gate making sure you close it behind you. Walk straight down to the lagoon where the reeds are and go under the wire fence (if I can do it, you can do it ) Currently there are a number of Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Stilts and Crakes present. Apparently there were Pacific Golden Plovers and a Freckled Duck present before I took the above shot but I didn't see any. You will need to wear gumboots/waders as it is a bit muddy and if you want to get down on the ground, a plastic sheet should keep you clean.

    I am on holidays now so if you want a companion, I would be more than happy to tag along. Probably best togo in the morning so that you have the sun behind you.

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    Thanks very much for that, Narelle. The weather's looking OK on Tuesday and Wednesday (I'm already booked up tomorrow and Monday), so let's see how it shapes up.

    John

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    What a cutie - and a lovely setting. I wonder if it could go a bit brighter.
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