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Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-13 11:11
Viewed: 3000
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) is a bird in the Rail family with an almost worldwide distribution. It is often called the "Common Waterhen", especially in the British Isles, and this is a more descriptive name because the bird lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals, etc., and is usually not found in moorland. Another name, popular in the USA, is Common Gallinule. The bird is not found in the polar regions, or many tropical rainforests. But elsewhere the Common Moorhen is likely the most commonly seen Rail species to most people, excepting the Coot in some regions.
A "watercock" is not a male "waterhen", but the rail species Gallicrex cinerea, not especially closely related to the Common Moorhen. "Water rail" usually refers to Rallus aquaticus, again not closely related.
It is a distinctive species, with dark plumage apart from the white undertail, yellow legs and a red facial shield. The young are browner and lack the red shield. It has a wide range of gargling calls and will emit loud hisses when threatened.
This is a common breeding bird in marsh environments and well-vegetated lakes. Populations in areas where the waters freeze, such as southern Canada, the northern USA and eastern Europe, will migrate to more temperate climes. This species will consume a wide variety of vegetable material and small aquatic creatures. They forage beside or in the water, sometimes upending in the water to feed. It is often secretive, but can become tame in some areas. Despite loss of habitat in parts of its range, the Common Moorhen remains plentiful and widespread.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Moorhen

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-13 11:24]

Hi Mircea. This is a bird that stands out so well with its bright red bill with the yellow tip. Taken from a low POV with good detail and natural colours. All with interesting notes. TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-13 11:28]

Frumoasa imagine, felicitari!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-13 11:33]

Foarte faina! Focus perfect, culori frumoase.
Numai bine

Ciao Mircea, elegant Galinula with splendid colors, beautiful reflections, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Superba poza.Am mai vazut aceasta specie pana acum de multe ori.Poza are culori frumoase si claritate buna.

Buna Mircea,
O captura superba cu detalii si culori excelente.
Contrastele intre pasare si fundal sunt deosebite.
Focusul si claritatea sunt perfecte.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-13 12:53]

Hello Mircea.
A beautiful sharp image of this moorhen.The richness and colours are superb.Spot on focus and very good contrast.Very well composed.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hello Mircea
Congratulations for the beautiful photo, good sharpness, contrast and beautiful colors. Excellent POV
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hi Mircea,

Impressive capture, I like the way you've composed this. Good choice with the shutter speed to freeze the motion. Great focus and DOF from f/5.6 too, Well done mate.


Hi Mircea,

A good shot of the Moorhen, good detail and colours, good tonal separation on the back and neck showing the different blacks and browns. The yellow and red beak really showing well. It's nice to see one in open water, I always get them hiding among reeds.

TFS regards Bill

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-13 18:35]

Hello Mircea,
Quality image capturing great details in the black plumage something I have trouble with still. The colours and sharpness are superb, great work Mircea.

Buna Mircea!
Excelenta imagine! Claritate, focus, contrastul dintre subiect si fundal foarte bun! Detalii si culori superbe. Felicitari!
Poate ne spui si unde ai prins aceasta minunatie!

Ciao Mircea. A superb capture with bright colours and amazing light. Perfect focus and sharp. Well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-20 3:04]

Hello Mircea,
beautiful capture of this moorhen in excellent view and colour contrast. the red beak is excellently shown in superb clarity.
i like the smoothness of its feather in lovely sharpness.
you have emphasised the ripple very well to make it better.


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