Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA  

Members Choice - Northern Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Family by Barbara Kuebler, APSA, MPSA

October 2020 - Members Choice - Northern Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Family

About the Image(s)

These mid-sized ducks came through our back fence into the pasture for a family photo. We couldn't decide if they were 2 hens or a male and female. Now we know. Wikipedia says these ducks are unusual because of their strong monogamous pair bond. When flying they often make a very musical whistling sound.

Image was shot at 1000 ISO, f8 and cropped. I added contrast and a vignette.

5 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
The feeling of family is so evident...and adorable. I like the natural environment, especially the 2 twigs on the right that resemble 2 more ducks joining the adventure! I like the flat lighting because I can see the ducks so well. Do you keep your camera by the window so you can catch such scenes out your window? I would!   Posted: 10/06/2020 17:29:07
Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
Yes, my camera is out all the time. I was glad for the flat light because if the sun was shining there would been been lots of hot spots due to the recent rain.   Posted: 10/07/2020 15:38:43

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
The overcast light was definitely an advantage here. But such a cute scene has to be captured no matter what. The wide pano cropping is perfect. Even the ducks are all very interesting. None are hiding their heads in the grass or disrupting the nice line. Did you take multiple shots?   Posted: 10/10/2020 14:26:03

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
How Carole already said: I've the same imagination with these two twigs. You've got here some very nice family shot. Too bad you can't add their musical whistling sound to the picture. What's the name of these ducks? I would like to look them up in the internet.   Posted: 10/11/2020 02:12:35

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
Very interesting subject ! Animals are so funny in how they handle family. I like how they got in front of the bushes as a sort of background photo. You mentioned it was cropped, so the original must've been taken pretty far away. I felt the green grass really enhanced the brown in the ducks.   Posted: 10/17/2020 00:39:08


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