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Water Rail.

Water Rail.
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-01-11
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-21 4:34
Viewed: 3145
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of those 'right place - right time' photographs.
The main reserve at Leighton Moss was frozen over and the Water Rails, usually very secretive birds, were foraging in a very small stream of running water. The stream was sheltered by shrubs and this kept the frost off. It was early morning and I followed a bird watcher/photographer down the track. He walked right past this little pool and when I got there, an unbelievable five Water Rails were in it. The pool is some 4 yards long x 2 yards wide and 3 yards off the track. They walked up under the shrubs and disappeared so I set my tripod up next to the track and waited. After about half an hour this bird appeared and started searching the bottom for crustaceans and I managed several photo's as the low sun was peeping through a small gap in the foliage. I like it and hope you do.
Camera and settings:- Canon D60 camera, ISO 400, Pattern metering, AV, 600mm focal length, Remote shutter cord.

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Hellou Peter.
Amazing photo.I like colours. The nice warm chocolate colour of the bird and also the warm nature of the picture works with the softness. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Immagine bellissima e spettacolare con bellissimi colori e un rilesso spettacolare.

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Hi Peter,

Lucky, but then again you make your own luck! You were out there looking.
Really good, the reflection really gives it that extra 'je ne c'est quoi?'
Simply a quality shot.


déjà note explicative bonne, la photo est superbe avec ce reflet, mais l'oiseau est génial, on remarque même une belle lumière dans l'oeil
parfait, bien vu, merci

Amazing colour from the lighting, great note and it makes you feel like you were there reading it!! Welldone, great effort and excellent result.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-21 5:44]

Hi Peter,
a specacular capture of this interesting bird.
Great composition and POV.
Well done,

Nice pose and low POV, though very noisy in the dark areas and way too much Photoshop repair work done in the background leaving straight edges where you have pasted the same patch in several times. Better to clone using a soft brush and avoid the straight edges, and trying to avoid leaving the same feature in more then once.

Hi Peter,
Great shot. Very good sharpness and details and POV.I really liked the reflection and the ripples . They add to the superb quality of the picture.
TFS, Smitha

nice pic, try to darken a little, TFS Ori

Hi Peter,

Nice shot and nice reflection.


Hi Peter,
Never swa this one, I guess...
Good content, good note, good photography.
Well done

WOW ! Peter excellent for colors and reflections , TFS and good luck.

  • Good 
  • mjcarr (15)
  • [2007-05-21 13:25]

nice sharp shot and whar a reflection ,,well done

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-05-21 14:09]

Hi Peter
Difficult to get these ones: and the result is just perfect. Background looks a bit colourfull, but the Rail is just perfect

Hi Peter!
Great DOF and POV, excellent composition and colors. Well done!

  • Great 
  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-22 1:22]

Hi Peter, this is amazing shot! The reflection is wonderful. The Water Rail is well focused and nice and clean showing lovely detail on the plumage. Nice and sharp with good reflection in the eye. Colours and tones are also v good. Perfect POV and good DOF. It all makes a great compositon.

Hi Peter,
Very well done!

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