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Gang-gang Cockatoo

Gang-gang Cockatoo
Photo Information
Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-15 5:12
Viewed: 5387
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The office that I currently work at is surrounded by bushland and there is always a good selection of birds passing through the area, I just donít seem to get enough time to chase and photograph them. One of the more infrequent visitors is the Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callacephalon fimbriatum), which is a bit smaller than Galah and much smaller than the King Parrot which I have posted previously. The Gang-gang is an uncommon cockatoo of south eastern Australia. It primarily inhabits open woodland and forest, sometimes visiting houses on the urban fringe in winter when food is harder to find. They feed on acacia and eucalypt seeds, fruits and insect larvae found in leaf galls. This is a male; the females are all grey but still retain the up-curled crest feathers. Despite the bright red head, they are easily overlooked as the feed silently in the foliage. The observer is usually alerted to their presence by their unique call, which sounds like a squeaky door blowing in the wind.
This one was with a flock of five that flew into some gum trees near the office, so off I went and grabbed a dozen shots. Unfortunately, it was windy and leaves kept blowing in front of his face. It was very bright and the sky is still burnt out on the bottom right, even though I used fill-flash to soften shadows on the cockatoo. Still they are a great bird to find and I hope you like this shot.

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She is so ashamed on her head?
Great photo with wondeful colours!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-15 5:53]

Chris, I had never seen on of these. Beautiful bird in a nice composition. Nice colors and POV.

Hi Chris
TFS this nice dut with us - we normally only see his cousinf the sulpher-crested, but he is a real beaut. Conditions not optimum, but I like the free wind in his "hair", life without a care, as old Blue Eys sang.

Haven't seen you for a while. Excelent capture and note. The composition is good.
The just slightly overexposed. The high USM caused purple fringing. To rid of the fringing go to the hue/sat. and reduce the blue/ magenta.
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Cute birdie, Aussie parrots are amongst my favourites ;-))
I recognize the problems of shooting in the harsh Aussie light, blown bgs are quite easily obtainable in your neck of the woods, it seems ;-)
Good move to use fill flash, I wonder if you also considered stopping down -1/3 or possibly -2/3 to avoid the blown bg? That is, if your camera can do this, of course ;-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-15 17:56]

These are tough ones to crack when the light is like that, but I think you made a good job of it. You've captured all the details of this interesting bird, it's a new one for me. Good work Chris.

Chris, Very good details & I like the composition..As Paul has said "tough ones to crack when the light is like that" as it looks a bit over-exposed/bright. Overall a great shot/find. TFS!!

Very nice post Chris. He has a stately pose and you've shown him off well to TN. Good work

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