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Rallus aquaticus

Rallus aquaticus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-13 3:49
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus 1758
Water Rail or European Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus is a wetland bird of the family Rallidae.
Adults are 23–26 cm long, and have mainly brown upperparts and blue-grey underparts, with black barring on the flanks. They have long toes, a short tail and a long (3-4.5 cm) slim reddish bill. Immature birds are similar to the adults, but the blue-grey is replaced by buff.
Its breeding habitat is marshes and reedbeds across Europe and Asia. Northernmost and eastern populations are migratory. They are permanent residents in western and southern Europe, with numbers augmented by migrants in winter.
Rallus aquaticus is very secretive in the breeding season, and is then mostly heard rather than seen. It is a noisy birds with a rich variety of sounds including a distinctive pig-like squeal, known as "sharming".

In Cyprus Rallus aquaticus is a fairly common winter visitor from September to April and a common passage migrant.

In my WS I am posting a different “funny” walking pose of the same bird.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-13 3:58]

Hello Christodoulos,
Only one word: Perfect.
Thanks! The most beautiful photo of this species I've ever seen.

Fantastic shot, Chris! The sharpness and colours are unbelievable.
Thanks for sharing it and regards.

Ciao Christodoulos. Faboulousee dynamic taken with impressive sharp/detals and bright natural colours. Special liht. Best compliments.


Hi Christodoulos
difficult to spot and even more to capture as lovely as you did

Hello Christodoulos,

A pretty fellow, captured in its natural setting!
Great light and the colours are superbly reproduced, pin sharp details in the plumage...
Accurate DoF that adds a feeling of 3D in the bird!

Pablo -

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the European Water Rail, this very elusive bird, found in Italy during the winter is very difficult to photograph in the open space, outstanding sharpness, marvellous colours and light, excellent POV and compositio, a superb picture in WS too.
Best regards

Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely Ralklus aquaticus on nice walking pose, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Chris - what a photo. Great sharpness, composition is excellent and so are the colors. TFS

hello Christo
super sharpness picture of a super bird with great details and beautiful colours
i like your WORKSHOP picture also
and with the same SHARPNESS
greeting lou

hello Christodoulos

like our friend Maurizio you are the master of
close-up shots of wader birds, great shot of the Rail,
very fine low POV, great focus sharpness and details,
i love both photos with the one in the WS,
on this one what an expressive and wonderful eye-contact,



Hello Christodoulos,
Top quality image and all I can say is that everything is perfect! Well done!

Hello Christodoulos,
Very impressive details and splendid natural colors.
Outstanding composition with excellent clarity, sharpness and very good focus.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Christodoulos.
Beautiful shot. Perfect sharpness and amazing colours. Suitable background.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-02-13 10:20]

Hello Christodoulos
Amazing shot! Thanks for sharing

Superb clarity and great detail! regards Yiannis

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-13 10:58]

Hi Christodoulos!
Great portrait. You captured this bird with perfect exposure and superb sharpness.
Excellent details of the plumage and great contrast against the blurred BG.
Very good also the WS version.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-13 11:53]

Very professional work and incredible details,the eye is simply fantastic...great!!Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

I new this is gone be my favorite capture of the day friend Christodoulos! Superior brightness, ultimate depth of field control, detail and sharpness indeed! And what a color gamut!!!Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-13 22:36]

Perfect framing and striking pose of the bird captured beautifully. Details are amazing and this one is better than the other in the WS. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos another stunning image for quality and intensity. The quality of the color rendering of the subject and composition are placed at the top of the shooting. Another masterpiece. Hello Paolo

wow, perfect pic and perfect sharpness, greetings Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-14 6:57]

Hello Christodoulos,
A brilliant and well-timed capture of this beautiful Water Rail!
Great focus on the red eye and lovely details and colours of the plumage. Perfect light too and I like the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

yasu Christodoulos
an excellent capture of shy Water Rail in open area with perfect sharp details. congratulations. wonderful coloration and exposure. great eyes contact and POV/DOF. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
have a good evening

καλησπέρα Χριστόδουλε,
εξαιρετική λήψη και απόδοση, τα χρώματα και οι λεπτομέρειες είναι πολύ δυνατά!
καλό βράδυ Νασος

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-04 1:46]

Hi Chris,

This bird is very shy. I never had it in front of my lens. I like the pov and the great colors and sharpness.


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