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Eastern Spinebill

A bit too close... I was following the Yellow-faced Honeyeater below when I heard the distinctive prwwwt prwwwwt wing flaps of a Spinebill behind me. Spun around to find one had landed about 3m away. No time, snap. This is a zero crop.

 

I had the camera set to 1600 iso as I was in a sheltered sandstone gully. f6.3 @ 500mm doesn't give you much option to compensate with a handheld camera. I zoomed out to a wider angle for this photo.

 

I've had these birds wizz past really close quite a few times. A great buzz.

 

Scientific name: Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Sex: Male

Location: Heathcote National Park, Sydney, Australia.

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Taken on June 19, 2011