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Winged Grazers

Winged Grazers
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm w/ TC14EII
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 19:05
Viewed: 3882
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Galah (Cacatua roseicapilla) is easily identifiable with its rose-pink head, neck and underparts, and it’s white crown. They tend to spend much of the day sheltering from the heat in the foliage of trees and shrubs.

They are said to be one of the most abundant and familiar of Australian Parrots, though I really haven’t seen a lot of them around Sydney. They can form large noisy flocks which feed on seeds, mostly on the ground. The seeds of grasses and cultivated crops are eaten, making these birds agricultural pests in some areas.

They form permanent pair bonds but will take a new partner, if one of them dies. The breedind season is variable, but mainly from February to July in the north, and July to December in the south. The nest is a tree hollow, or similar location lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Much of this from: http://home.iprimus.com.au/readman/galah.htm
ID from: Simpson K. and Day N. (2004), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Penguin Books, Camberwell

I had heard that Galahs would get together as a flock, and “graze” like this but I had never seen it, so seeing this was a new experience for me. My wife and I had stopped off in Kiama to have a look at the Blowhole and saw about a dozen of these guys grazing in the park. It was getting late in the afternoon, with great side light. The bird at the front stopped to have a look at me, and made a great subject himself.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
The shoot – shot in Raw with Jpeg reference (150 mm ISO 250 f4.8 1/60)
NEF file adjusted for exposure, shadow, vignetting, brightness and contrast
Levels – adjusted for white and black points
Curves - adjusted RGB for contrast – very slight s-curve
Dodged and Burned with overlay layer (5% opacity white and black)
Added saturation layer +25 to master, -10 to red
Saved as a tiff
for this post cropped for position (took out a couple of partial birds), resized, created a new layer, selectively sharpened through use of a mask layer, framed and saved as a jpeg

rcrick, jusninasirun, Jamesp, Royaldevon, boreocypriensis, zeca, goldyrs, bullybeef53, Argus, uleko, ramthakur, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Royaldevon: Filling a Role Like GeeseJPlumb 1 04-11 00:32
To pablominto: GrassJPlumb 1 04-11 00:29
To Jamesp: They are ThereJPlumb 1 04-11 00:26
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Hi John,

Nice composition mate, excellent detail and I like the narrow D.O.F putting the three background Galah's into that softened area, well framed,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello John. These are very nice birds birds to be abundant in Australia. Hard to find Cacatua in nature or roaming freely here in Malaysia. You have captured them well under diagonal light keeping one in good focus. Thanks for sharing this image and well written note. Best regards. Jusni

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-10 22:27]
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Hi John

A lovely shot - good composition and low POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.

I have seen huge flocks of these in the Outback and also in farming areas - so they are there!


Hello John,
This is a funny situation, but I don't know what they are looking for here, maybe worms?
A fine composition including two groups of birds, fine details in the bird in focus...
Whatever it is they are eating it for sure seems to be tasty!
Pablo -


I had never seen parrots 'grazing' before either! What an interesting sight! They are filling a role like geese!

Lovely composition, details and dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

pl :-)

Hi John,
Splendid shot of these beautifull coloured birds with nice details, DOF and POV my friend!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-11 6:51]

Hi John,what a nice and coloured family! I like a lot your way to show this birds,excellent sharpness and colours,my best compliments for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-11 7:39]

Hi John,
birds we usually only see in the Zoo and you see them in their natural environment; must be nice ;-).
I like you composition with the group of birds With the main model perfectly in focus and its friends fading into the background.
Wonderful colors and lovely presentation.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2008-04-11 14:22]

Hey John! Its a nice composition! I like the amazing poses! Excellent capture!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-11 18:42]

Hi John,
Splendid shot of these colourful Galahs and the plumage colours look so distinct. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

The Galahs look really busy! Must be a feast:)!
Very well captured, John!And the notes are really great!

Excellent work as usual and your note is fantastic.
Thanks ,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-16 4:05]

Hello again John,
We tried several times to get good shotsof Galahs, but they were either too far away or the light was wrong. So it's nice to see a shot that I would liked to have taken. It has good lighting and sharpness and the POV is pleasing.
TFS this fine image,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-18 11:50]

Hello John,
What a fine bunch of Galahs, a species I would have liked to have seen more of in NSW.
Beautiful light and fine sharp focus on the first one. I like the others soft in the background. Beautiful colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

The colors of these birds attracted me to their thumbnail in your portfolio, John.
It is an amazing species of parrots.
The one in the foreground is in sharp focus and displays its features in precise detail and rich colors.
The formation of them on the groung is also attractive.
Thanks and regards,

Hi John,

The bird in the front seem to be attrated by the photographer. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the birds. The subject is well framed. The light brings out the colors. Pierre

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