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Pale-headed Rosella

Pale-headed Rosella
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED DX VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-26 17:59
Viewed: 4130
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While in Townsville I climbed Castle Hill. It’s about a 3 k walk up hill on a tight winding road (though you can take paths like the Goat’s Trail which head straight up). I did the walk rather than drive as I was hoping to see all kinds of new birds and other animals on the way up. I was mostly disappointed. It rained, I got wet, it was cold (for Townsville) and I found I’m not in as great a shape as I thought. There wasn’t a lot of animal activity on the way up. I saw a couple of Drongos, on one of the side paths, but they were most uncooperative. At the top there was a great view, but then I had to walk back down. On the walk down I saw some Lorikeets and a pair of these Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus). It made the walk all worth while.

The Pale-headed Rosella is a medium sized (30 cm with tail) bird. The female is said to be duller than the male, though I didn’t see a lot of difference between the two birds I saw. One mostly stayed hidden out of my line of fire though. These birds are very similar to the Eastern Rosella and will breed together to form hybrids. These have a yellow head though and the Eastern has a very distinctive red head.

These birds are found in north-eastern Australia typically in savanna woodlands, lightly timbered woodlands with grassy under-story (as on Castle Hill), tree lined water courses and agricultural lands.

They typically feed on the ground but will eat seeds and fruits of grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as flowers, insects and their larvae.

Breeding season is September to January, or any time depending on rainfall. They make their nests in the hollows of either dead or living trees, usually eucalypts, or hollow stumps and posts. The eggs are laid on wood dust. Clutch size is 4 to 8. Only the female incubates, though a few days after hatching the male will help feed the young.

Much of this from: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=267
ID from: Simpson K. and Day N. (2004), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Penguin Books, Camberwell.

Workflow for this shot was as follows:
Shot in Raw – these birds are not the most cooperative when it comes to having their picture taken; I found that, and I’ve since read it since coming back and doing my research. They were high up in a tree, lucky for me it was down a slope which brought me a little closer to their level. I hoped for but couldn’t get a back shot. I will include a second picture in the workshop of the bird eating a seed. This one has better light under the bird. When they showed themselves it was always looking in my direction. The session didn’t last very long.
NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow
Adjusted levels – white and black points
Adjusted curves
Burned and Dodged with overlay layer (5% opacity black and white brush)
Added a saturation layer +15 to master
Added a layer for sharpening and “over-sharpened” with USM
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (30% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, cropped (very tightly considering the original), sharpened edges, framed, and saved as a jpeg

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Hi John,
You got a clear capture of this rosella bird.
I like the beautiful colours of its plumage, ranging from the yellow and white at the head, blues at the body and red down.
Its a very well composed image.
The covered sky created all that whites at the background.
Well done and thanks for share it.
my best regards,

Bonsoir John,
Une belle photo de ce Pale-headed Rosella,très beau plumage et couleurs belle nettetée, excellent POV. well done..

Nice one John, love the colours and the POV, we have a couple of these that come into the garden, well framed and as always great notes...Cheers Rick, P.s Ring tone works a treat .....

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-07-26 19:38]

Hi John,
Nice interesting bird very exotic for me. I like your note.
Very good posting, TFS
Regards, Mario

Hello John,
Good captured of this beautiful Rosella!
good pov with clarity,vivid colour and details
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-27 4:02]

Hello John,
Fine capture of a Pale-headed Rosella, a species we saw on the Tablelands in Queensland. Sharp and nicely composed with a fine natural BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi John,
Nice shot, excellent notes on this bird.
So the walk up sounded like a good long trek, with the conditions less than optimal..Too bad nothing along the way to make it more worthwhile...I enjoyed the WS as it feeds, thanx.
Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-27 6:12]

Hello JoseMiguel,
Yes it was worth while. Good photo of this Rosella. Sharpness and clear colours are very good. Nice POV and composition.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-27 7:11]

It does look like it was a cloudy and gray day. Nice composition and colors. I enjoyed the 2nd photo as well.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-27 19:40]

Hello John

An excellent capture of this beautiful bird.The colours are wonderful.Even with your obstacles you have managed a very good shot of this bird.Nicely composed with good details.excellent informative notes.TFS


Lovely contrast of colour and good composition.

Hello John,
Nice to have birds like this around in the wild!
Image is well composed, and you make most out of the difficult exposure situation...
A lovely colourful subject is well captured!
Pablo -

Hi John. Another fine shot of the bird in the trees. I like these kinds of photos. You have done good research to explain what sort of parrot it is too. TFS. Murray.

Hi John,

A good POV of the pale-headed rosella, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi John,

Simpatic species rosellas, the colours of plumage is realy powerfull (red rosella). The BG is very good for this bird. In Romania, this bird is misnamed bue rosalla.
Good photo.
All best regards, Cezar T.

Hi John
Wonderful capture
Well worth the walk
tfs jon

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