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Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

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During the heat and humidity of our Florida summers we have a few subjects that still can get us out of bed early and sweat to capture.  One of them are these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.  At a place called the Viera Wetlands, in Viera, Florida, there are quite a few pairs that start arriving in around May to breed and nest. These were taken with the Nikon D500 and Nikon 500 f/4E, FL,ED, VR lens, handheld.  One family with 18 chicks was seen last week.  Problem is they are lucky if two survive the gators or hawks.






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Love the first image (Sagittal view) which beautifully showcases this black-bellied Whistling Duck’s plumage… Wings on the terminus of a downward power stroke afford superb scrutiny of intriguing geometric patterns latent within… Warm/cool color harmonies and shallow DOF isolate and enhance… and you’ve wisely allowed ample negative space for this noble waterfowl to travel into… indeed a perfect composition compliment…


Thank you for sharing…

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wonderful series Nancy ... it pays to get out of bed early ...

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Never mind the words ... just hum along and keep on going...

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The last one blows me away. The concentration and self assurance in the landing process. The family relation. There is a whole stotry told here!

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Regenerate green infrastructure. Let Biodiversity rule!

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