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Pink-eared Duck

Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 39907)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sat 6th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Tue 7th Apr, 2020 .
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CommentThe Pink-eared Duck 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, the female being the slightly smaller bird. The nest is placed high, often on a log and both parents tend to the offspring; the author has seen as many as five ducklings in tow of the parents. The species occur throughout the Australian mainland, but is rare in Tasmania. Bibra Lake; GPS. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D800 camera body using DX-sensor, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head.
Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority, shutter speed 1/3200 sec, f5.6. Auto ISO-400. Metering Mode: ‘Centre Weighted’; Focus Mode: AF-C.
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins Sharpen AI & DeNoise AI for sharpening and noise control, using Topaz & Studio 2 ‘Basic Correction for final adjustment of noise, contrast and colours. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationBibra Lake; GPS, Western Australia
Keywordsmale, female, in flight, adult
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