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Musk Duck

Musk Duck (Image ID 38927)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 21st Dec, 2018 and uploaded on Wed 12th Feb, 2020 .
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ID38927
CommentLooking up angelically at its mother, this young musk duck is obviously being fed an especially tasty morsel. While the mother was busy diving for prey below the water surface and thus out of sight, the duckling quickly became nervous and started calling out loudly for its parent while swimming around frenetically in small circles. Once she surfaced, the duckling at once calmed down and pursued her energetically, hoping for another titbit. Young musk ducks grow fast and soon appear larger than their mother, albeit with shorter bills, readily furnishing the thought that two different species are under scrutiny. Musk ducks are true diving ducks. The males are very vocal when displaying. Trying to impress females, they shimmer, kick and splash water around while inflating their pendulous lobe, making it look like a large disc. If ever you come upon a musk duck on land, its overall build and shape belies the fact that it is actually very good at flying. Bibra Lake. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D500 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head. Camera settings: Aperture Priority f5. EV +1.7 step; shutter speed 1/800s; ISO-800. Center-weighted Metering; Focus Mode AF-C; AF-Area Mode: Dynamic (72points). Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing. Topaz Pro plug-in Studio 2 for noise control, ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake from the 'New Bird Hide', Western Australia
Keywordsfemale, juvenile, feeding/with prey, adult
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