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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 7:18
Viewed: 3767
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tasmanian Native Hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a large robust hen with a greenish bill and piercing blood-red eye confined to the island State of Tasmania. I was surprised to learn that this hen is flightless and yet it is quite common throughout its distribution. Prior to writing this note, I had thought that Emu and Cassowary were the only flightless birds in Australia. In size, it is similar to the Swamphen, around 50cm.
Tasmanian Native Hens in habit wetland margins, along watercourse and farmland with short grass. We found this one in a camping reserve on Brunny Island about 40km from Hobart. Usually they walk along with their tail cocked-up, but al the shots I took with cocked tails came out blurred, even though they looked OK in the camera at the time.

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Voisi un oiseau qui paraît bien inquiet !
Bonne journée.

Hello Chris,
With green bill, red eyes, and flightless this is truly a special bird of Tasmania. Sharp focus and nice natural colors. Great pov and composition. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Chris,
a fine catch with very good low POW.
Fine details and nice coulours, especially the eye.
The compo is nice too.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-01 14:33]

Hello Chris,
Interesting flightless Swamphen, a species new to me and captured sharply and with good contrast against the BG. I like the pose and the glint of curiosity in the eye.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hola Chris,
Preciosa toma, parece que estaba atenta a la cámara, buena nitidez con luz agradable. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-05-06 10:44]

Hi Chris,
great shot of a uncommon bird I never heard of before! My compliments.
Best regards,

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