Date: 3/19/17 11:01 am From: Connor, Jack <Jack.Connor...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting. I first heard about this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the Nacote Creek spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier. I've looked several times for it since w/o luck.
Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct. (I think we should use leucistic because some colors present.)
Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg that appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the Stockton campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway).
Jack Connor ________________________________________ From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography...> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded by cloud cover.
Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while one is underexposed.
I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human perception.
Dave Blinder Denville, NJ On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong" <yklitespeed...> wrote:
For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what I believe is a full-blooded Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.