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Purple Swamphen in Flight

Purple Swamphen in Flight
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-07-26 3:49
Viewed: 2811
Points: 38
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Taken at Thale Noi lake/swamp in a small wooden boat with handheld

The Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio is a "swamp hen" in the rail family Rallidae. Also known locally as the Pūkeko, African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule or Purple Coot. From its French name talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its large feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily-recognisable in its native range.
There are 13 or more subspecies of the Purple Swamphen (depending on the authority) which differ mainly in plumage colour. The subspecies groups are: P. p. porphyrio in the Mediterranean, P. p. madagascariensis in Africa, P. p. poliocephalus in tropical Asia, P. p. melanotus in much of Australasia, P. p. indicus in Indonesia and P. p. pulverulentis in the Philippines. European birds are overall purple-blue, African and south Asian birds have a green back, and Australasian and Indonesian birds have black backs and heads.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-07-26 4:11]

Hi Foozi,
amazing capture , I like it, great timing,
excellent sharpness and details !
Well done !
Best regards !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-26 4:22]

Hi Foozi,beautiful in flight capture whit the perfect details on the body and all the sense of mouvement of the wings,very difficult and very well done,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Dear Foozi

An excellent In-Flight Image of this attractive bird. I added your work to my theme " Animals' Behavior"
Good sharp details and luminous colours make it a pleasure to view .

Thanks for sharing ,
Greetings from SouthAfrica

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful picture of this flying Swamphen.Nice colour and light.Sharpness is perfect.Details all over the body are excellent.Good capture.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hello Foozi,
Wow!An outstanding inflight catch with great details,nice clarity and beautiful colours.
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-07-26 4:49]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice photo of this Purple Swamphen in flight. Good sharpness, beautiful colours, excellent timing and a fine composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-26 9:04]

Helllo Foozi,
excellent in-flight shot of this Purple Swamphen, fine POV,
i love the way the subject excellently is framed on the image,
great sharpness and details of the plumage.Regards Siggi

Hi Foozi,
很有創意的照法 照的很清晰 鳥也很美麗
色彩真是鮮豔 尤其是背景的白色更趁出羽毛的亮麗
左邊的翅膀 還有一種夢幻的味道 謝謝分享

hallo Foozi
great shot with nice details of this bird
beautiful colours to
thanks greeting lou

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2013-07-26 12:08]

Hi, Foozi
Nice catch! This species rarely flies high enough to get a shot like this, so well done. The shutter speed is just a little too slow to get the bird perfectly sharp - the blurring of the wingtips is fine, but the head is also a little soft through movement. I default to at least 1/1000sec for birds in flight, only dropping to 1/800 if the light is desperately poor. This is still an achievement, though and thanks for sharing it.
Regards, Nigel.

amazing flight capture, Purple Swamphens are so rare here...

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-26 20:19]

Hello Foozi,
For being a handheld shot you did a great job. Perfectly captured while inflight. Lovely colors and nicely framed. Well done!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-27 1:18]

Hi Foozi,
Excellent capture of flying bird. Perfect detail focus
and nice colours.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Beautiful in flight photo Foozi! Excellent composition, nice lighting and good sharpness!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-07-27 8:47]

Salam Foozi,
Beautiful flying pose ..
Very nice presentation of this Purple Swamphen in good sharpness, details and fine natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hallo Foozi
This is indeed a great image. I must admit I never thought about how this bird will look in a flying position, and I am quite amazed at what I see. The variation of different blues in the feathers are very pretty and eye-catching. I love the movement of the wings that are so beautifully seen as well as the paws all streched out, as if it will give it extra go. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Foozi

Great in-flight photo of the Purple Swamphen
with fine POV and framing, superbly focused,
excellent sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-08-09 1:13]

Hello Foozi,
Was away for some time and missed your last pictures. Love this one very much. The artistic pose and the fine colours you caught makes it looks like a water-painting.
Well seen, Foozi!
Kind regards

Hi Foozi,
Very nice in flight shot which you managed to capture very nicely.


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