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Old 22nd July 2012
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Female King Parrot portrait.

A pair of King Parrots came looking for food again today & this a portrait of the female that appeared to be the best shot today.

This is the close crop of the actual shot (Noise Filter set to Low)


And this was the original shot (with Noise Filter changed to OFF from RAW)


E-M5, ZD ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6, Focal Length: 150.0 mm, Aperture: F5.6, ExposureTime: 1/250", ISO: 2000, White Balance: Auto, ExposureProgram: Aperture-priority AE, Picture Mode: Vivid.
Sharpened resized image for WEB display only.

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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

Lovely pictures, great feather detail.
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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

Ross, superb shots - lurve the plumage detail, esp. in 1
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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

These are FANTASTIC Ross! Incredible detail, but have to admit that I'm not much good at acronyms, so haven't a clue as to what NF stands for.
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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

iso 2000 ?, why so high you need this as low as possible to achieve as much detail as you can.
I always use as low as I can .
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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

Lovely detail lucky you to have these visit.
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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

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Lovely pictures, great feather detail.
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Ross, superb shots - lurve the plumage detail, esp. in 1
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These are FANTASTIC Ross! Incredible detail, but have to admit that I'm not much good at acronyms, so haven't a clue as to what NF stands for.
Thank you all for your nice compliments. Sorry Mark, I've expanded NF now & decided the first photo being a heavy crop of the second needed a little noise filtering & changed it in Oly Viewer 2. This photo was taken with the humble ZD ED40-150 kit lens at it's long end & it surprised me (because I rarely use it) that it could give me that much detail.

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iso 2000 ?, why so high you need this as low as possible to achieve as much detail as you can.
I always use as low as I can .
I have my E-M5 Auto ISO range set to go from ISO 200 up to 6400 & that is what it went to (2000) in the light available, otherwise it would have been a much slower shutter speed with blurring occuring (keeping in mind, the longer focal length, the shorter the shutter speed is needed) as the parrot was busily eating & the only otherway to freeze the action would be with a flash & birds don't particularly stick around for long when I do that. Considering the top photo is a severe crop of the one below, I don't think I've lost too much detail. If the image was a static scene, then I would probably use a lower ISO, but for a lot of shots I just go with Auto ISO.

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Lovely detail lucky you to have these visit.
Thanks Ed. Yes, we are lucky to have such lovely birds around us. A pair of Crimson Rosellas came at the same time, but when the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos showed up, the others took off.

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....Sorry Mark, I've expanded NF now & decided the first photo being a heavy crop of the second needed a little noise filtering & changed it in Oly Viewer 2.
Acronyms should be unilaterally banned world wide - you still haven't told me what NF is ???
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Mark NF = Noise Filter
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Sorry Mark. I only changed (expanded) it in the first post above the photos & Ed (Wee man) has kindly translated it for me (but thanks for the extra bump ).

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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

Are you sure this is a female and not a juvenile male? There seems to be too much red on him/her? We have Kings visit us (in Jamberoo) all the time. Such lovely birds and great natured...come right up close so you can feed them. We are lucky in Oz to have so many brightly coloured parrots.
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Are you sure this is a female and not a juvenile male? There seems to be too much red on him/her? We have Kings visit us (in Jamberoo) all the time. Such lovely birds and great natured...come right up close so you can feed them. We are lucky in Oz to have so many brightly coloured parrots.
She was the only other King Parrot there with a male (apart from two Crimson Rosellas) sharing his food, so she looks like she's a female & not a juvenile to me. BTW, the juvenile Crimson Rosella is looking multicoloured at the moment & perhaps the juvenile Kings might be too.







Yes we are lucky to have such beautiful birds & in our own backyards is a bonus too. I'm not sure if the above male is the one that has eaten from our hands before, but here is a photo of a male eating out of our hands in January this year.

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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

Ross,

Great shot's, particularly the second shot in your second batch, and I am also quite surprised by how timid the bird's are, I really did not expect to see it eating from the hand.

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Re: Female King Parrot portrait.

I think you're right. It's always hard to tell with birds but I think young Kings have yellow beaks. Adult females have brown/grey. So you'd be on the money on this being a female. Great pics and great birds.
I gotta pull my finger out and post some pics...how do you resize images for posting? I'm not very good with comps and post image processing.
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