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Mrs. Red-Rump

Mrs. Red-Rump
Photo Information
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: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-13 18:33
Viewed: 4498
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a female Red-rumped Parrot. The male can be seen here. The females actually have a green rump. The bird gets its name from the Red Rump found on the male.

It is said to be a common bird particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin (see workshop for map). Looking at the map for this area I now understand why I hadn’t seen any until I went to Adelaide. The are not commonly found in coastal regions but are more common in open country with access to water. They avoid the coast and the wetter, more heavily timbered areas. They are often seen in Suburban parks and gardens.

They are found in pairs or flocks and spend much of their time feeding on the ground. They nest in tree hollows or similar places, including fence posts and stumps. Breeding usually takes place in spring (August to January).

Much of this from:
Workshop Map from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin
ID from: Simpson K. and Day N. (2004), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Penguin Books, Camberwell.

Workflow was as follow:
Shot in Raw - NEF files adjusted for highlights and shadow
Adjusted levels
Adjusted curves (mainly for contrast)
Dodged and burned with overlay layer (5% opacity brush)
Added a layer for sharpening and “over-sharpened” with Smart Sharpen
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (15% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, cropped, disabled the first sharpen layer and applied sharpening with USM then modified as with previous technique to the original for the reduced size, framed, and saved as a jpeg

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-13 23:07]

Hi John,
Informative post. Nice detail on the parrot. I expect this bird is difficult to photograph because it's colors are somewhat dull. Focus is a bit soft on the eye. TFS

Hello John,
This is a nice image, accompanied by a good note!
Birds are always difficult to photograph when they sit on a lawn or something like that as it is hard to separate the bird from the background...
This little fellow comes with good details and fine colours!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-14 15:10]

Hello John, wonderful parrot with stunning green collors, excellent POV, and composition..Well done!.

Hi John,
Nicely composed picture.
Colors may need to be slightly saturated.
Nice shot.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-15 14:42]

Hello John

I am always amazed at the colourful and varied species of birds from South Australia. Well captured in a difficult setting.It blends in well with it's surrounding.TFS


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-06-16 22:01]

Hi John. Good to see this parrot which looks like a cousin of the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus, nicknamed budgie). The bird blends into the background grass, making it safer from predators. Very good note and the map showing where it ranges. tfs. Murray.

Hi John,
This one is well camoflaged in the grass. It is the same shape as many of our other parrots isn't it. Great image with good detail and it is cropped nicely.

Hi john,

A nice image of the red-rumped parrot, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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