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Pink-eared Duck

Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 42508)
CommentOn a still overcast morning at this coastal reserve on Port Phillip Bay a few Pink-eared Ducks came close enough for me to capture this image. These ducks are filter feeders, swimming along with their bills in the water hoovering up delicacies just below the surface. I like the sharp eye contact as it lifts its bill from the water, a few water droplets visible on the head and neck and in the reflection. A fast shutter speed (1/3200) was used to capture the moving bird without movement blur, so the image uses the ripples in the duck’s wake to convey a sense of movement as it paddles along.
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