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African Purple Swamphen

African Purple Swamphen
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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: 2018
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 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-04-15 6:01
Viewed: 1630
Points: 12
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African Purple Swamphen (Porphyria madagascariensis)

I have captured this 'African Purple Swamphen' at Marieval Bird 🐦 Sanctuary, early in the morning, just after Sunrise 🌅. Very difficult to capture this species because they are very shy and run and hide in the reeds in the marshland. Early morning and GOLDEN HOUR is the perfect moment for Photographers because this time I've seen them most active to find food.

African Purple Swamphen is a species of Swamphen occurring North East Botswana 🇧🇼, Zimbabwe 🇿🇼, part of Namibia 🇳🇦, Madagascar 🇲🇬, South Africa 🇿🇦 and cost of Mozambique 🇲🇿.

It has occurred as a vagrant in Israel 🇮🇱 in 2015.

They prefer rushes and sledges to reeds. Beautiful bird....

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Hi Srikumar,

Superb color & details. Wonderful shot!!


hallo Sri super good picture with beautiful colours i like the sunlight gr lou

wow, what a striking portrait, this bird is so rare here, envy...

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-04-15 13:51]

Hi Srikumar,finally a natural background the not the usual anonymous blurred one....great capture of this swamphen,the best as possible,with the best metallic colors of plumage and the best details everywhere,supershot!! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar

So beautiful bird, the sunrise colors is an additional beauty on your photo, very nice natural colors, great sharpness, very good DOF, nice POV.



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