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Australian Shelduck

Australian Shelduck (Image ID 36950)
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Sun 15th Sep, 2019 and uploaded on Thu 24th Oct, 2019 .
Resolution1400x950
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ID36950
CommentOne of many ducklings of this species on the saline lakes on Rottnest Island. The birds on lakes further from the settlement were much more wary and difficult to approach. Most were actively feeding as pictured - this one has just got its head above water. I'd have liked more room on the left but that's the edge of the frame. Taken with an angle finder to get the lens close to the water surface.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm 1/3200 sec, f7.1, ISO 800. Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction (at about 50% of default values). A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject(s) using Neat Image plugin for PSE. Stronger noise reduction was applied to the remainder. Main subject selected and adjustments made to lighten shadows, darken highlights and increase midtone contrast as appropriate. Inverse of main subject selected and adjustments made as appropriate to contrast, highlights, shadows and saturation to make the bird stand out more effectively. Main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationRottnest Island, Western Australia
Keywordsimmature
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