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Territorial Splash

Territorial Splash
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 12:45
Viewed: 1888
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heard a ruckus and right there in front of me these Moorhen's started a Territorial Dance. Birds can be pretty darn aggressive!

The most widely distributed member of the rail family, the Common Gallinule inhabits marshes and ponds from Canada to Chile, from northern Europe to southern Africa, and across Asia to the Pacific. Vocal and boldly marked, the species can be quite conspicuous, sometimes using its long toes to walk atop floating vegetation.

They have long toes that makes it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. (in this case WATER!) The toes have no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway.

They sometimes lift its feet out of the water in front of the body while swimming, perhaps to pass over vegetation. Newly hatched chicks of the Common Gallinule have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation.

Twelve subspecies of the Common Gallinule are recognized from around the world, most differing only in size or brightness of plumage. One subspecies is found only in the Hawaiian Islands and has been known as the Hawaiian Moorhen, or 'Alae 'Ula.

Other Names

Common Moorhen, Florida Gallinule
Gallinule poule-d'eau, Poule d'eau (French)
Pollo de agua, Gallareta frentirroja, Pollona negra (Spanish) Info gathered from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Here is a short clip of this bird in his habitat ending with a parent feeding a new born chick. Love filming moments like these! ENJOY!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-21 12:53]

Hello Brenda,
a fine action shot caught here, pin sharp focus and good exposure kept the details in those black feathers nicely. Regards Siggi

Hi Brenda,
Action like this captured in camera is just special. I think it must have taken a lot of patience. And you did very well to pull it off at that focal length without the use of a tripod by pushing up the ISO and shutter speed. Technical know-how does pay off. Very well done indeed.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-21 14:28]

Hi Brenda,great timing to take this unusual and nice meeting,excellent capture whit fine details despite the distance and the quick mouvements,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-21 18:01]

Hello Brenda,
I saw my very first Moorhen this summer while in Nicaragua, but I didn't get a shot of it. I was disappointed, but at least I saw one in the wild.
I love this neat shot of yours, it shows them in a flurry of action while still maintaining plenty of detail. I really like the tiny water droplets, all suspended in mid air. The lighting makes them all seem to be illuminated. Great work!!

Hello Brenda,
照的很有創意 很精準的時間點
整個水花都停住 真是好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Brenda,
Superb timing.
nice capture.
camera setting is also perfect .
best wishes,

Hello Brenda,
Excellent capture,perfect timing and the action has been frozen well with great details and clarity.
I really enjoyed the clips you posted.Nice place,paradise of wading birds I'd say. TFS.

Hi Brenda,
This is a nice action shot , the water droplets in the air is well frozen and motion blur in the wings gives this picture a nice sense of action. If i have to really pick a nit then the highlights in the water can be toned down a bit :-)
Goutham Ramesh

Hello Brenda,
Thanks for visiting my gallery....Remarkable photo. Very nice composition taken from a excellent low POV with perfect light and best clarity. Lovely natural colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Brenda,
what a nice photo. What a situation. I like these birds and drops of water.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-22 7:39]

Fine behavior shown here..good timing and lovely splash. tfs.

Ciao Brenda, fantastic action shoot, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-22 8:10]

Hello Brenda,
Wonderful spectacle. Great timing. Good sharpness and natural colours.

Hi Brenda,
I had to smile when I saw your pic because I immediately a song of many years ago came to my mind "splish, splash I was taking a bath". But off course to them it was much more serious than a bath. Great action shot. Good informative note. Thanks for sharing.

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