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War and love

War and love
Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): City Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-04 15:19
Viewed: 3839
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eurasian Common Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus
Poule d'eau


I apologize for the lower quality of this pic. Still, I was encouraged to post it because TN has no posting of those birds fighting. The scene is very typical: both males on their backs and fighting with their legs; the female quietly waiting at some distance.

The fight lasted 10 minutes. The winner chased the loser for quite a long distance to make him really feel his pain. The female was running behind to keep close to her winner.

Bird description:
This is a common breeding bird in marsh environments and well-vegetated lakes. The Common Moorhen remains plentiful and widespread. The nest is a basket built on the ground in dense vegetation. Both parents incubate and feed the young.

ISO 250
Crop: 40%
Light adjustment using the "curve" function
Hue: +36

Thanks for looking.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-05 2:14]

Bonjour Jean Marie,
Tu as raison, quelque fois le contenu est plus important que la qualité. Et je trouve cette image tout à fait intéressante, on peut dire que les poules d'eau n'y vont pas de main morte! Image qui m'a fait sourire.. J'avais posté l'année dernière une image de Mallards batailleurs.
Bonne journée et merci

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-05 4:10]

Hi Jean-Marie.
It is a really great action scene and nice shot. It is a pity that exposure time is long a bit however, details of the image, DOF and composition are perfect. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-22 4:38]

Bonjour JeanMarie,
Un grand coup.
Une nouvelle macro avec une exception très bien choisi POV.
Excellent contraste des couleurs.
Je sais combien il est difficile de l'attraper. Et vous avez une très bonne image.

Hi Jean,
I think despite the fact that sharpness is missing due to camera shake rather than using low shutter speed, the picture represent scene of action and I am impressed indeed. I know , sometime when we see something interesting and intent to capture it we do not have enough time to think about camera settings.I think this is the case here.It is a unique action scene and I am congratulating you for that.In future however there is no excuse for low quality due to wrong camera settings.! Greetings from South Africa and Happy Easter!
George Veltchev

Hi JeanMarie,
Whether its a good picture or not, it is still a stunning action image of these birds fighting. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Bon jour JeanMarie,
A great documentary/photo reportage... and the notes very informative.

Amongst the many details I note the ring on the one bird's leg. I like a lot the vivacity in your image.

I do not not mind the "'low quality"' - in contrary - the blur emphasises the ferocity of the fight! The spray indicates that you yourself nearly participated :-))

The only little point - which I do not like so much - is the blue sheen on the black feathers...

Enjoy the rest of your week-end
Greetings from South africa
Salut Ingrid

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