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Red wattlebird calling Apologies on not such a sharp image! There was a rush for the camera and no time to change lenses, plus I was a fair distance away and through glass. <br />
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I happened to be looking out to the back garden when this red wattlebird flew in and instead of beginning to feed, it immediately began calling....I chanced running for the camera and trying to capture it calling as I&#039;ve never done so. They really throw their heads back and let rip with their quite screechy and raucous call which has been described as a &#039;cough&#039;, a harsh &#039;yac a yac&#039; and a loud &#039;chok&#039;. This moment also afforded a lovely view of the bright yellow underbelly and colourful inside of the mouth. <br />
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30 cm length <br />
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Red wattlebird calling

Apologies on not such a sharp image! There was a rush for the camera and no time to change lenses, plus I was a fair distance away and through glass.

I happened to be looking out to the back garden when this red wattlebird flew in and instead of beginning to feed, it immediately began calling....I chanced running for the camera and trying to capture it calling as I've never done so. They really throw their heads back and let rip with their quite screechy and raucous call which has been described as a 'cough', a harsh 'yac a yac' and a loud 'chok'. This moment also afforded a lovely view of the bright yellow underbelly and colourful inside of the mouth.

30 cm length

    comments (14)

  1. You will not forget that image for a long time. Absolutely brilliant. Posted one year ago
    1. We see these birds so often don't we Ernst, but photography allows us to freeze those tiny moments we might otherwise overlook or miss...it looks really cool in this posture I think. Thank you. Posted one year ago
  2. Haha they are so loud, and the image is fine!

    Crazy how only now I noticed you're also using a D850. Don't know about you, but I have so much love for that camera. I normally don't have any emotional affection towards gear, but this one is an exception.
    Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, from just before Christmas Ferdy, still much to learn! I did a lot of reading/research in regard upgrading and the D850 did seem to consistently garner high reviews. I'll keep the decade old Canon 60D as a spare. Posted one year ago
      1. Oh not just a camera switch, also a brand switch, challenging!
        If you ever want to know something about the D850, don't hesitate to ask. I may not always know the answer, but I've been using the entire D800 series for years: D800, D810, D850.
        Posted one year ago
        1. Yes - I went to the dark side ha ha. Thanks so much for your support, I'll keep this in mind. Posted one year ago
          1. I'll start with one tip you may appreciate. You now have a camera with an incredible resolution, and I want you to know that JungleDragon fully supports it as we don't have a resolution limitation. Allow me to demonstrate:

            https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72264/large_white_fungi_-_diagonal_1_la_isla_escondida_colombia.html/zoom

            This is best done on a desktop/laptop. Visit that page, click "Load original" in the top right corner and wait until the spinning wheel stops. Now use your mouse wheel to zoom in insanely deeply and discover a lot of extra detail. You have the same camera and can do the same, if you want.

            The way I personally export is via Lightroom, there in the export settings I set the max file size to 14.9MB (to stay under 15MB). Lightroom will then prepare a file at max resolution (so no change) at a quality level that fits in 15MB.
            Posted one year ago
          2. As a follow-up, should you be concerned about your copyrights with regard to original resolution files, this is how it works:

            - Non-members never get access to that "load original" feature.
            - Members do get access yet only if both you and them have the feature enabled

            So it's a "give and take" feature.

            That said, somebody could join, enable it for themselves, and if you also have it enabled, that way get access to your high res files. To me this is fine, as hardly anybody bothers, but of course the decision is yours.

            Just wanted to share that you can use the full capability of your camera here.
            Posted one year ago
  3. How awesome! Well done, Ruth! I can't believe this is through glass - the image is really great! Posted one year ago
    1. The only ones I bother cleaning Christine ;) Thank you. Posted one year ago
  4. Love it Ruth Posted one year ago
    1. Happy to hear, thank you David! Posted one year ago
  5. Well done Ruth, love it. Posted one year ago
    1. Cheers Paul, and thank you! Posted one year ago

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The red wattlebird is a passerine bird native to southern Australia. At 33–37 cm in length, it is the second largest species of Australian honeyeater.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Apr 18, 2020. Captured Apr 3, 2020 16:39 in 109 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/10.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO1000
  • 300mm