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By TimothyDMorton  
Is also known as common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus, and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. Budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring in blues, whites, yellows, greys, and even with small crests. Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. The origin of the budgerigar's name is unclear. The species was first recorded in 1805, and today is the third most popular pet in the world, after the domesticated dog and cat.

This capture was done at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario at their head-quarters in Burlington, ON. To allow a bit more light I used the BOWER RING 48 which gives a 48 LED lights to allow a bit more light, and resting my camera on my tripod to get a bit closer I used the NIKON 5 T Close up lens.

Once home, I opened in Camera-in-the-RAW where I corrected for colour balance, and then opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 where i resized to 401 x 600 px, then fooled around till happy with the UNSHARP MASK and last saved as JPEG for upload to this site.

Tags: Close-up and macro Burlington Ontario Captive animal Budgerigar ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF ONTARIO

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6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 12:23PM
A beautifully captured and detailed portrait Timothy.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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