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Band-Bellied Crake

Band-Bellied Crake
Photo Information
Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-09 5:46
Viewed: 2662
Points: 7
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Band-Bellied Crake
~Globally rare and under red list threatened Species under BirdLife International.

Forehead rufous; rest of upperparts olive-brown; greater and median upperwing-coverts variably marked white; chin and throat white; side of head to breast cinnamon-rufous; flanks to undertail-coverts boldly barred black and white (dark bars browner in female). Legs and feet salmon to red; bill blue-grey with green base.

Duller overall plumage as compared to adult. Paler, washed-out head-sides and breast. May lack the white bars on wing coverts.

Similar species
Resembles Ruddy-breasted Crake but the Band-bellied Crake has a stronger, thicker and shorter bill. The black and white bars between the flanks and undertail-coverts are also more distinct than the Ruddy-breasted Crake.

Russia, Sakhalin Island, Siberia, China, Inner Mongolia, North Korea, Japan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi

Breeds in lowland marshes and tussocky meadows containing thickets or small trees; winters in wet grassland, swamps and paddyfields.

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What a wonderful approach to this Porzana paykullii! Congratulations on this beautiful composition (very nice rock on which the bird walks).


Very nice capture of this Band-Bellied Crake, nice composition and POV, I detect a little noise here hmmm, could it be over sharpening or cropping, maybe both..., however a good try, with this high end equipment used i would expect a better result,

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bright and sharp - a very good portrait of this crake, like the pose also - well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-11 5:25]

Hello Ang,
This is a very nice bird-shot with a beautiful light and an interesting composition and background. An interesting bird too.

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