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Black-bellied Whistling-duck

Dendrocygna autumnalis


Is a whistling-duck that breeds from the southernmost United States and tropical Central to south-central South America. The Black-bellied Whistling-duck is an unusual species among North American waterfowl and is not considered to be of conservation concern.


The habitat is quiet shallow freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshes, cultivated land or reservoirs with plentiful vegetation, where this duck feeds mainly at night on seeds and other plant food.


These ducks ware photographed at the Barranquilla zoo. This ones are babies, and when they grow up they will look like this:

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Carolina 9 years ago

Yes you are right, large aperture/less depth of field, I just checked and it was f:5.6

galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Your welcome! The larger your aperture (5.6 and less) the more the foreground is in focus and background blurs. A small aperture (11-16 or so) gives greater depth of field so more of the photo will be in focus.

Hard learned facts... flickr is a great place to learn about photography.

Carolina 9 years ago

Thank you Gale! I didn't know about that term!

galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Great photo!!! Love the symmetry and bokeh ( great term learned it from flickr!

Carolina 9 years ago

I'm not sure! I thought they were native to North America, and just have a really long range...

ceherzog 9 years ago

No, I have not seen the juveniles, thanks! I know they are not native to Florida but have naturalized from Mexico I believe.

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Barranquilla, Atl√°ntico, Colombia

Spotted on Jul 28, 2010
Submitted on Feb 27, 2011

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