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Gallinula chloropus

Gallinula chloropus
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58 mm Fujiyama Cir. Pola.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-04 4:34
Viewed: 1435
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Common Moorhen in Gurgaon (Delhi National Capital Region) in the first week of January 2014. Hope you like it.

The Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) (also known as the "swamp chicken" is a bird species in the Rallidae family. It is distributed across many parts of the Old World.

The common moorhen lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals and other wetlands. The species is not found in the polar regions or many tropical rainforests. Elsewhere it is likely the most common rail species, except for the Eurasian coot in some regions.

The closely related common gallinule of the New World has been recognized as a separate species by most authorities, starting with the American Ornithologists' Union and the International Ornithological Committee in 2011.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-10-04 6:01]

Hello Ram,
A nice view of this beautiful Moorhen, you don't often see one of these water birds totally in the open like this. We get to see it's olive greenish yellow legs perfectly as well as it's body features which normally are partially hidden by water or plants.
I have never seen this particular species, but I have seen a distant relative the Common Gallinule. I only got a quick glimpse while down in Costa Rica and therefore never got a shot off. TFS

hallo Ram
yhis is so beautiful
i like this composition and the beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Even the details on its feet are quite discernible. GREAT FOCUSING job.
Our Canadian coot is not as impressive as this one.
These birds are quite secretive; it's not easily seen by a photographer; I know it 'cause I've tried following them in-between the marshy reeds ... could never get a clear register as you have done. EYE CONTACT and all.
Regards from a COLD COLD land, Canada, but the most peaceful place on earth,

Hello Ram

A very nice image of this beautiful bird, very nice colors, very nice composition, nice focusing, details are not so fine as usual in your photos. Thanks for sharing.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-04 12:11]

Hello Ram,
Nice photo of this Common Moorhen in good sharpness and details. But I've never seen it with a blue chest. Is this the real colour of this Moorhen? The rest of the photo looks natural. Fine composition.

Hello ram,
Yes, I certainly do like this image of a bird unknown to me. What beautiful colours in excellent definition. Well done.

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-05 1:57]

Hello Ram,
very fine and interesting picture. Very luminos shot and somehow funny to look at this Moorhen perched on a stone. Well seen.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-05 14:04]

Hi Ram,an excellent capture of this moorhen that i seen me too in Gambia,but not caught by me so well as you..ehehe...perfect plumage detail and bright colors,excellent pose too.have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram Thakur,
An excellent capture!lovely colours,fine details and very well composed.
Best regards...Joy

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