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Pink-eared Duck

Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 38101)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 6th Sep, 2008 and uploaded on Sat 11th Jan, 2020 .
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ID38101
CommentMkII: (Re-worked in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 using 'Layers'). This Pink-eared Duck took off following another duck, so I was given a warning with regard to what was about 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
EquipmentAdobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for re-work in ‘Layers’; Topaz Pro plug-ins for extensive sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for additional data and colour checks. Slater’s ‘Australian Birds Field Guide’ and BirdLife galleries for further colour check
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
LocationHerdsman Lake, Western Australia
Keywordsin flight, adult
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