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Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo
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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: 2007-08-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 4:46
Viewed: 5066
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While visiting Cattai National Park in western suburbs of Sydney I came across a pair of Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) having an altercation under a low bush. I’m not sure if they were fighting over a tasty caterpillar or just having a fight, but this one seemed to come out the winner, with the other one flying off.
It was a very heavily overcast day and I was experimenting with my new cameras ISO settings. This one was taken at ISO 1600 and yes its noisy, but I wanted to see just what could be achieved at this high ISO. There is some loss of detail on the breast feather and I’ve worked on the shot in Photoshop, but I reasonably happy with the result.
Post-processing included; blurring the background, adjusting the levels a bit of colour saturation, sharpnening using USM at 100% and cropping the original by about 50%.
I’ve put two other shots is in the WORKSHOP showing the back view. In those views you can see the feathers have some chromatic aberration, but it also demonstrates that if your desperate for a shot in poor light, you can achieve a reasonable shot that’s worth keeping.

The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is a common cuckoo of eastern and south-western Australia. They are a medium sized bird about 27cm long and, like all cuckoos lay their eggs in small passerine nests during spring and summer. They inhabit forest, woodland, urban parklands and heathlands. Despite its common name, the tail is only rarely fanned.

Thanks for looking.

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Really cool & beautiful bird, Chris!
As you already said it is noisy @ ISO 1600 but thats life. Canon is really good @ high ISO imho, and low light condition. Australia offer so much beautiful bird which I wish to explore some day in the future :)

Superb shot, it is a realy superb bird, unknow for me, splendid colors very well satured , great composition with a very good point of view,
well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-04 4:57]

Hello Chris,
You're so lucky to have captured this beautiful Cuckoo! I love its pose and its plumage is so beautiful. Good focus on the eye, lovely colours and a very fine composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello chris,
fine capture of the cuckoo, the tail of this bird is really very beautiful, liked the pov and the composition, nice pose,
tfs & regards

Hola Chris,
Precioso ejemplar, bonita composición, bellos colores, buena nitidez y detalles. Saludos
José Ramón

Another new one to me Chris.
Did you use a tripod for this. I don't know too many cameras that do high ISOs without noise,but a tripod and timer or remote shutter control always helps.
An great shot of another interesting species though.
Well done.

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