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Little Crake

Little Crake
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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: 2011-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 10:33
Viewed: 2628
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Little Crake (Porzana parva) is a very small waterbird of the family Rallidae.
Their breeding habitat is reed beds in Europe, mainly in the east, and just into western Asia. They nest in a dry location in reed vegetation, laying 4-7 eggs. This species is migratory, wintering in Africa.
At 17-19 cm length, they are slightly smaller than Spotted Crakes, from which they are readily distinguished by the lack of dark barring and white spots on the flanks. They are more similar to Baillon's Crake.
The Little Crake has a short straight bill, yellow with a red base. Adult males have mainly brown upperparts and blue-grey face and underparts. They have green legs with long toes, and a short tail which is barred black and white underneath. Females have buff underparts, and are grey only on the face. Immature Little Crakes are similar to the female but have a white face and breast. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails.
These birds probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and aquatic animals.
Little Crakes are very secretive in the breeding season, and are then mostly heard rather than seen. They are then noisy birds, with a yapping kua call. They can be easier to see on migration.
The Little Crake is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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Hello Mircea,
fine capture of this bird with beautiful colours and good sharpness. I also like the nice walking pose in the water.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-06 10:50]

Hello Mircea,
Very nice photo of this Little Crake. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Good POV and composition.

Salut Mircea,
O captura interesanta. Coloritul acestei pasari este deosebit de frumos, iar detaliile penajului sunt perfect redate.
Culoarea rosie a ochilor dau un farmec aparte imaginii.

Ciao Mircea. Impressive light's managment and wonderful natural colours. Details and sharp are very good MF.


Wonderful photo of the bird in its environment. Nicely highlighted, good details and colours. regards yiannis

Great photo of an interesting species in a wonderful environment Mircea! Very good composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-06 12:31]

Hello Mircea,
A very fine capture showing the beautiful colours of the plumage of the Little crake. Great sharpness and a very good composition.Best regards Siggi

very beautiful natural scene with fine photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hello Mircea,

what an fantastic shot taken by you.
Good pov and sharpness with suburp details.
Fine colors.

Amazoming photo!The compozition,the colours and the sharpness are excellent.
Best regards

very nice picture Mircea, excellent ambient and nice colors, perfect focus on the subject, congratulations !

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Hi Mircea,
Very nice captured of The Little Crake in his natural setting, excellent details sharpness, very well exposure, lovely pose and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

ORANGE EYES..WOW..would love to see this cropped in a bit more, (to see him closer, just a me pref! : ) the water is so CLEAR! Never saw this bird until today..why i just LOVE THIS PLACE!! MUAH! thanks for sharing!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-07 1:42]

Hi Mircea,what a perfect capture in a difficult position.A top of focus on the crake for the best sharpness,the red eye detail is fantastic,and i like a lot the rich and colorfull composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Mircea,
fantastic capture. sharp detail, nice colours and lighting. regards Paolo

hello Mircea
thai is a super composition with great details and super sharpness
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Bonjour Mircea,
Splendide lumière faisant resplendir de merveilleuses couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Mircea, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Mircea,
interesting photo of this bird. Nice colours and composition. Nice water environment.
Have a nice evening,

Hi Mircea, Splendid capture of this fine Bird my friend, splendid natural lighting with lovely colours, great POV and taken in its natural habitat, nice and sharp, impressive work here Mircea and very well done,
Best regards,


Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of a male Little Crake, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, a very pleasant composition with a lovely posture of this shy bird
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-09 1:59]

Bonjour Mircea,
Very natural and lovely scene. This little Crake is a very cute bird with a superb plumage and a striking red eye. Good decentred composition too. Very pleasing natural picture.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-16 3:44]

Hello Mircea,
such a lovely little crake. I sharpness is well seen and its colours stand out well among the green leaves and water. I like its natural pose looking fo food. This small bird is so hard to shoot.
Well done.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-05 18:59]

Hello Mircea.
What unusual colors.... bluish grey (body), brown, white and black (back), red (eye) and a (bill) that has a mixture of red, green, blue and dark grey on the tip. This should be called the Rainbow Crake.
An awesome image by all means. The exposure is right on the money and the detail is exceptional. Nicely composed with wonderful DOF. Well Done!!

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