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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Aquatic Birds 2 - Aves Acuáticas 2, New Zealand native fauna & flora, Birds Of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-23 8:02
Viewed: 7312
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This New Zealand swamp rail,Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus,is extremely common here.I have heard it called Purple Gallinule, but closer inspection reveals that it's quite a different bird to the American one.They are opportunistic feeders, known to steal duck eggs and even kill ducklings.There are so many that there have even been government culls of what has also been a protected species.
Usually,they are shy,and are not approached easily. In Hamilton city (NZ),is a lake where many Pukeko live and have become used to people. I have been lucky to get some good shots of Pukeko here.

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These sure are genuinely interesting characters, Steve. I like that you managed to get three of them, and have the outer ones pose symmetrically while the one in the center is looking towards your camera. The light is quite strong but I think you handled it well, and more importantly you got to capture these elusive creatures. Well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-23 12:18]
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Well, it's a great shot on the birds, the poses are very good. The background detracts from the picture...this is not a critism of you because you have to take these shots where you can any shot is better than none at all. If that bird on the right was in that pose, with that focus with a uncluttered background it would be fantastic. Our subjects can be so mean to us!

Well done Steve. Thanks for writing a note too.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-23 12:21]
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Now this is EXCELLENT! Not only is it a good take, it also tells me more about the whole bird....the colors are awesome..well done!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-23 13:11]
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These swamphens are also gallinules, depends from which side of the woods you are, BUT, there are different species, and yours in uniquly from down under. They are not as colourful as oursm more black, and looks a bit leggier too.
Nice compo, three is alkways strong in a frame. Small nit is the toes lost on the left.
When shooting, always check the four corners for cut-offs or inttrutions, both can ruin a picture.!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-23 16:04]
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Great shot, it looks like they are dancing. The image is sharp and the exposure good, even though it looks like the light was harsh..

Thanks for posting

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-10-29 14:55]

Nice work here Steve. To be able to sneak up on birds and get a pick like this, took patience, well done. :) You have them nicely cropped in.


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