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Freckled Duck

Freckled Duck (Image ID 37939)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 1st Mar, 2014 and uploaded on Thu 2nd Jan, 2020 .
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CommentOpened and adjusted in Adobe Camera RAW, further post-processed in Photoshop CC 2019: PSD file Cleaned up, selective sharpened and cropped in ‘Background Copy’, then sharpened and noise controlled in Topaz Pro plug-ins. Then enhanced using layers in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 and finally cropped and re-sized to suit, followed by saving the Jpg copy. Checked against NEF/RAW file for colours and density and finally checked ‘The Australian Bird Guide’ for colours, allowing for the fact that the bird had found a sunny spot to rest in. Prior to recreational duck shooting being banned in WA in 1990, the author never managed to spot this duck in the wild in this state, let alone getting a photo of it. But in 2002, with the enlistment of a friend, I found it in Carine Swamp in the Perth Metro Area. I soon found myself up to the elbows in muddy water, pushing my camera rig in front of me, step by step. The ducks were resting deep in the swamp, and as they started taking note of me, I dared not venture too close. Light was poor and the media was slide film, but I managed to shoot off a roll. Only two plausible images resulted. None of these images are worthy of showing nowadays, but have just become records. Then, around 2008, it was reported that a few Freckled Ducks were hanging out at Herdsman Lake. Though I managed photos from then on, it was not until 2014 that everything gelled, and I achieved really good photos here. I have not been able to do better since. Herdsman Lake. Status (protected species): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D800 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 80-400 f4.5-5.6G ED VR IF N lens, Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head. Nikon View NX-i for viewing images, Adobe Camera Raw/Adobe Photoshop CC 2019; Topaz Pro plug-ins; ‘Australian Bird Guide’. Camera settings: 1/500 sec; f6.3 Aperture Priority Exposure Mode; (auto) ISO-320; Centre-weighted Metering; Focus Mode AF-S. Picture (colour) Control Standard using +3 sharpening.
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, adult, breeding plumage/features
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