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Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 12:33
Viewed: 4117
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Common Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus 33 cm) walking on a fallen tree on a pond of Ile-Bizard.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu

The most widely distributed member of the rail family, the Common Moorhen 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.

Cool Facts:
The Common Moorhen has long toes that makes it possible to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. The toes have no lobes or webbing to help in swimming, but the moorhen is a good swimmer anyway.

The Common Moorhen sometimes lifts its feet out of the water in front of the body while swimming, perhaps to pass over vegetation.

Newly hatched chicks of the Common Moorhen have spurs on their wings that help them climb into the nest or grab emergent vegetation.

Dark, with white flank stripe.
Red bill and forehead.
Swims on surface of water like a duck.
Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's.
White stripe on sides of undertail.

Sex Differences
Sexes similar, male slightly larger.

Juvenile brownish-gray with drab maroon bill and no frontal shield.

Freshwater or brackish marshes with tall emergent vegetation, ponds, canals, and rice fields.

Conservation Status
Listed as threatened or as a species of special concern in several Midwestern and Northeastern states because of loss of wetland habitat, predation by introduced mammals, and other factors.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-14 12:38]

Hi Mario
What a great capture this Common Moorhen !
Perfect details and colors.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-14 12:43]

Hello Mario,
interesting capture your day.
A beautiful and interesting composition.
Excellence and description, congratulations.
Have a quiet evening,

Hello Mario,
Beautiful! Excellent color sharpness and POV.
Congratulations and thanks for the photo sharing
Hello Vanni

Hi Mario,
stikingly powerful colors.great mixture of horizontal and vertical lines. Somehow for me this picture of yours has unforgetible impact.Very well done Mario!
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-04-14 13:47]

Hi Mario,
Very beautiful capture from you,great sharpness,splendid light, and colors.Fine details and nice composition.TFS.

Hello Mario
very nice capture of this beautiful acrobatic Moorhen on pool. superb colors and reflection on water. focus, lighting, POV and composition also great. nicely framed and presented. thanks for sharing this beautiful post. best wishes

Woh! Mario, you each day brings a better picture! this is awesome, this photo speaks for itself, is warm and eloquent. This photo is not easy to comment, simply overwhelming. It seems to me that this picture have all! TFS, Regards, Jesús

salut Mario

une excellente photo de la Poule d'eau, superb POV
et cadrage, je suis content que tu es laissé cette espace
libre devant l'oiseau car comme sa c'est tellement plus
beau avec l'oiseau et son environment, TFS


Hi MF Mario,

Incredible and awesome capture of this pretty moorhen in a fine posture with great DOF, impressive clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Bonjour Mario,

Les réflexions sur l'eau de l'étang sont des atouts à la composition. la prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de la poule d'eau qui se promène sur un arbre tombé dans l'étang. La lumière de la fin de l'avant-midi rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Mario,

Bizard, comme c'est bizard!!! une poule d'eau qui se prend pour un funanbule!!!.
Trop beau, on dirait qu'elle a des chaussettes
vertes enfilées comme des mitaines.
Jolies couleurs, luminosité et quels reflets.
Amicalement, bon week-end.

bonjour Mario
j'aime bien la composition de cette photo avec des troncs d'arbre en vertical et en horizontal et la poule d'eau au milieu, capturée superbement avec beaucoup de détails très nets, l'eau prend une jolie couleur verte sous le soleil
Passe un bon WE

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-17 1:21]

Hello Mario,
My comment on this photo is a bit late, but I was on study-tour the last few days.
Special photo in a special composition. The Moorhen is just on the right place to get a well balanced composition. Good sharpness and details. Beautiful light and colours.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-20 16:31]

Hi Mario,

Very nice posting of a bird that we don't see where I live. Initially, I thought that the colours looked a bit dark. But, they really fit the marsh environment. The Common Moorhen reminds me a bit of the American Coot -- a bird that we do see here a lot. They too inhabit marshes, and have very capable mud-walking feet. TFS.


Salut Mario,
Belle prise de vue de cette gallinule poule d'eau,
superbes détails et présentation,
belle netteté dans un bel environnement.
de toute beauté

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