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Moorhen Chicks

Moorhen Chicks
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soap Bubble+ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 1:11
Viewed: 5233
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Moorhen

Moorhen pairs share the task of feeding their chicks. Moorhen chicks stay close by their parents for about three weeks. When they leave the nest they immediately start to forage for themselves though mum and dad still spend all their time feeding them. Whilst small they are very vulnerable to predation and mortality can be high. Rats and stoats are particularly partial to a young moorhen chick. The parents protect their chicks with amazing aggression. They have even been seen to drown young ducklings that get too close to their brood. As they get bigger they are fed less by their parents and more by themselves. Their diet consists of aquatic vegetation, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails and worms.

The image was taken in RAW, ISO400, Evaluative metering system and Aperture priority mode!

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Hello George!
Three Musqueteers. Atos, Portos and Aramis! Where is d'Artagnan?
Superb scene and scenery. Fine light and colours. Good contrast and sharpness.
Interesting info.
Merry Christmas!!!

Hallo George,
what a fantastic and lovely capture of these Common Moorhen chicks, excellent low POV, very good sharpness and splendid well contrasted colour tones, a very nice composition with a perfect diagonal perspective
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family
Ciao Maurizio

Hi George,

What a beautiful moment you have captured from the ground level. They seem to be puzzled by your presence :)

Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you.


Hello George,
What a trio, more unkempt and ugly .. ha ... ha ... ha... :) but as always is a wonderful photo, equipped with high technical quality of yours!.... I take this opportunity to wish a Merry Christmas for you and for little Peter and all your family !.... I also appreciate the support from you this year, and how much you've helped to improve my humble compact camera photos. I am sending a warm hug!
Regards, Jesús

Hi George,
Excellent photo of these trio, great sharpness and beautiful colors, TFS!

Hi George.
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness.
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-23 8:54]

Hello George,
Great photo of these three punkies. Fantastic sharpness, details and taken from an excellent low frontal POV. Beautiful saturated colours.

Hi George, my friend,
these triplests are great. Maybe thay looks a little poor :)
Colours and capture - great.
Marry Christmas again.
Maciek and Iwona

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-23 11:06]

Great capture George,love your composition on this. Great details and I love these three. Very well done.Those are very difficult to photograph.Best regards Siggi

Hi George,

Good evening MF! Definitely a better than the last one. :) Truly excellent presentation of the moorhen chick trio, superb colors, DoF and sharpness. My idea about how to improve the photo: I should have cropped more from the out of focus foreground. It's probably a personal way of thinking I don't like oof foregrounds - practising macro photography mostly I've done that mistake so many times. Probably this is the reason why it vexes my sensitive eyes. Of course a fantastic photo in every other way. Bravo.

Now, just before Christmas I also should like to thank you for helping me in photography with your useful critiques and advices - and also thank you for strengthening me in being faithful to myself, and for the courage to tell what I really think, even if everyone's against me. Either you, or me, or both of us have to go, you'll be missed MF.

I wish you & your loved ones a very happy Christmas. Is your little son called Peter like mine? :) You can see him here, on this workshop photo if interested. He's my younger son, a real fungi and trekking fanatic. :)

Friendly regards, László

Ciao Samiran, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too, lovely trio of beautiful little birds, nice composition, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi George,
A lovely trio of the young ones, very nice composition, good sharpness and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 15:06]

Hola Jorge.
Just like the picture "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"
Beautiful photo my friend. Really lovely.
Nice and fine note You have written.
Merry Christmas and happy new Year to You and all Your family.
Luis Leal.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-23 15:34]

Hi George,beautiful moment and fantastic pic....just my greats compliments.Very well done,Merry Chritsmas to your and your family and thanks,Luciano.

hello George

WOW ! an excellent photo of these Moorhen Chicks,
you managed superbly your camera to get them
in focus with the superb sharpness & details
of their baby birds plumage, TFS

also for you and your family i wish you
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011


Looks like they are just being hatched friend George, I like the shot looking like the one on the right walking tall on two legs. Nice details and well exposed shot.
Thanks and have a joyful Christmas.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-24 0:42]

Hello George,
another exciting and hilarious subjects.
Excellent details and really a special presentation.
I like these people in shabby and wet view.
Again the depth is very effective and gives a stunning view.


Nice shot.. looks cute. The low pov works very well.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-07 8:46]

Hello George,
Nice to see that you are back! Very vivid and funny shot of these three little chicks in a row..a lot of energy in them already. Original posting presented with excellent sharpness and good composition and well chosen point of view. The one at the right seems to be the fastest!
Thanks for this natural and pleasant picture.
Kind regards

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