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African Rail

African Rail
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-04-23 12:01
Viewed: 1450
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'African Rail' (Rallus caerulescens) at Marieval Bird Sanctuary. It's a new species in my gallery and I was searching for long time. I took this picture early in the morning from a bird hide. Very shy bird so here timing does play a great role to get an undisturbed picture even in such unfriendly condition.

This bird likes marshes and reedbeds area and Marieval Bird Sanctuary is perfect place for this species.

You could find them from Ethiopia to South Africa.

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-04-23 14:15]

Hi Srikumar,a lovely decentralized composition,great DOF for a very impressive sharpness and bright colors,an excellent capture of this bird in its natural habitat,well done. Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the African Rail. The sharpness is excellent. Have a nice day.


Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in a beautiful enviromen, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2017-04-24 22:33]

Hi Srikumar

Very nice composition, great sharpness and details, BG is not so blurring, beautiful natural colors



A perfect portrait with great habitat and amazing light, greetings Ori

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-04-26 3:38]

Hello Srikumar,
A lovely bird captured In its natural environment and displaying exceptional detail. Very well camouflaged amongst the surrounding vegetation. Rich natural color tones and just the right exposure. I really like the nice clear eye contact showing a bit of catchlight.

Hello Srikumar

Excellent close-up photography of the African Rail, with fine POV, DOF,
and framing, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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