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Mrs. Red-Rump (15)
JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-rumped_Parrot
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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JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
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Map of the Red-rumped Parrot range.