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Pink-eared Duck

Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 38100)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 6th Sep, 2008 and uploaded on Sat 11th Jan, 2020 .
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ID38100
CommentI have pulled this image from ‘NEW IMAGES’ as I was unhappy with my initial efforts. MkII shows the result of a couple of months’ tuition by BirdLife moderators. The MkII image is still too contrasty and lacking details in the black eye-patch, but I hope that you all, as well as I can see the invaluable influence this mentoring has had on my post-processing skills. I know that I still have far to go, so please come forward with comments in the MkII version. Thanks. MkI: This Pink-eared Duck took off following another duck, so I was given a warning about what was to happen, and I captured the bird at lift-off in early morning light. The species is a filter feeder with a large, spatular bill, adapted to feeding on plankton. It does, however also take insects, small crustaceans and molluscs. The highly specialised, spatular bill contains rows of lamellae, and features mandibular flaps for scooping up and straining tiny food items from water and mud, not unlike the manner in which baleen whales are filtering krill from water. A pair of pink-eared ducks may use head-to-tail vortexing when feeding, thus ensuring better food item concentration in the centre of the vortex. This duck species is a rather small duck, highly nomadic and mostly rather shy. Males and females are difficult to tell apart, and both parents tend to the offspring. The author has seen as many as five ducklings in tow of the parents. Herdsman Lake. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentMkI: Nikon D3 camera body, Nikkor AF-S ED 500mm f4 D IF lens, Manfrotto Article 055B tripod, Manfrotto Video Pro Article 136 tripod head Camera Settings: Aperture Priority f4, EV -0.3; Shutter speed 1/6400s, ISO-1250. Centre Weighted Metering Mode, Focus Mode: AF-C; AF-Area Mode ’Dynamic/9 points. Picture Control: Vivid Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019; Topaz Pro plug-ins for sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for data and colour checks
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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