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Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck (Image ID 39126)
Photographed byNeil Charnock on Mon 2nd Sep, 2019 and uploaded on Tue 18th Feb, 2020 .
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ID39126
CommentI chose this photo as I feel it highlights the key characteristics of the male blue-billed duck in full breeding jizz, typically the chestnut body plumage, black head and blue bill. The photo also captures the texture of the feathers and the subtle reduction in blueness of the bill from the base of the bill to the bill tip. The beading of water on the body plumage demonstrates the water repellent nature of waterbird feathers. Unfortunately I never captured the stiff spiky tail in the cocked display position.
EquipmentNikon D500 camera with Nikon 200-500 lens handheld f/7.1, 1/800, ISO 800, FL = 500
LocationLake Monger, Perth, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, breeding plumage/features
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