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Red Tailed Black Cockatoo



An endangered species and my favourite bird so happy to have been able to get up close and personal with them at the Healesville Sanctuary...
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An endangered species and my favourite bird so happy to have been able to get up close and personal with them at the Healesville Sanctuary
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Nikerbol
 
Nikerbol April 19, 2018
Beautiful parrot!! What do you call it ?
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jstgoxo October 31, 2018
Thank you. It's a Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
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livioferrari May 08
Very nice.
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jstgoxo May 08
Thanks so much

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Behind The Lens

Location
I am an amateur self taught photographer and I took this photo in the Bird Avairy at the Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria.
Time
This photo was taken mid morning on a bright sunny day. The bird was sitting in a shaded area, quite a distance away, fairly high up as there was lots of activity nearby with the birds being hand feed by children. As I had not tripod this photo is taken hand held.
Lighting
I am cautious of where the sun is situated and how much shadow is on the subject. Where possible I always prefer the early morning natural light or that of late afternoon.
Equipment
This shot was taken hand held with Canon 600d camera using a Tamron 400mm lens, no flash. I shot this in RAW.
Inspiration
The Red Tailed Black Cockatoo is quite rare and endangered in some parts of Australia and a favourite of mine. I have had no luck spotting one in the wild so was in awe to be able to see them at the Healesville Sanctuary and also watch the interaction of a pair. This shot is of a female who has the yellow spots on her head, the male has an all black face and crop.
Editing
I did a very small amount of editing in Lightroom in order to enhance the photo
In my camera bag
I will try and pack my bag with the gear necessary for the what I plan on shooting. I try not to over pack as I still struggle with remembering ideal settings depending on subject and location. I have learnt it's best to concentrate on less subjects or one at a time eg birds stationary or nearby as opposed to distance and birds in flight. Otherwise I get easily confused and end up blurring too many shots from lack of skills in changing settings.
Feedback
If interested in animal photography it's ideal to visit zoo's, sanctuary's and wet lands where the birds and animals are used to humans. You can get the subject sitting for much longer and also much closer, making eye contact. If you have pets, practice on them too and cropping is not always a bad thing.

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