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Gallinula chloropus

Gallinula chloropus
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Copyright: Christophe Berche (christophe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 57 N: 372] (1781)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-25 3:52
Viewed: 3932
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Scientific name: Gallinula chloropus
Family: Rallidés
Cuts: 35 cm Weight:
Male 250 to 400 gr., female 260 to 370 grams maximum Age: 15 years

It is a water bird of average size, resembling a duck of small size. Smaller and blacker than Foulque macroule, the water Hen has long legs and long nonwebbed fingers greenish yellow. The nozzle and the frontal plate are red sharp with yellow ends, brown greenish at the youthful ones with the brownish plumage. Its plumage is dark, energy of the brown tone sepia on the top with the black crimson in bottom, the whole being divided by a broken white line energy of the shoulder to the tail. It carries a distinctive white spot to the tail which is more visible when the bird is out of water.

the Hen of water seeks its food while plunging under water or by rocking the body with the vertical in water, letting appear the white color of its caudal rectrices. Very savage, it is hiding place with the slightest warning in grasses and bushes bordering banks. Disturbed, it runs very quickly. One often sees it walking in grass; very nimble, it is also able to go up on the trees to rest. It shakes the tail while swimming or while going. To defend their territory, the water hens devote themselves to tournaments of blows of legs and it even arrives that a finger is broken.

Very frequent in edge of the calm rivers or bank of the water levels, also edge of small ponds, the ponds or brooks in the cities and the villages.

* Period of nesting: April at August
* A number of incubations: Two to three brooded
* eggs numbers: 5 to 8 eggs with dark spots
* Incubation: 21 to 22 days (male and female)
* Nest: The nest, formed of small branches, dry reeds and furnished with finer plants, is placed in the bordering vegetation, but also in a hedge, on a tree, etc. The male collects materials and the female built, If the level of water goes up during incubation, the birds raise the nest.
* Type of nesting box: Nesting box-box intended for ducks or mini-island.
* Take-off: 40 to 50 days
* Youthful plumage: 4 to 9 months
* First nesting: one year Generally Sedentary

Bird migrating in the event of very rigorous winter.

Natural food
Primarily vegetable food (watery plants, seeds, small fruits, bleaches on grass), even if the ground worms, the alevins, the slugs and the snails appear sometimes in the menu.

I always make photographs in family, my made Hugo 3 year old and half, he sacrificed his gouter for Gallinula chloropus, and that Ci left water to claim some with the great stupor of my Son.

dew77, red45, wallhalla15, coasties, chiliu, marhowie, bedford67, PDP, sway has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-25 3:54]

Excellent shot of that moorhen, Christophe. Sharp details and great color contrast. Excellent light and composition. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-25 3:56]

Hello Christophe!
Wonderful capture.Clear details,eye contact,colors and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-25 4:12]

Very nice looking bird Christophe! I like its colours. It must be hard to capture with all these black tones. Good moment - frozen during movement. TFS!

Beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Fantastic composition and great details. Superb colors. Well done & TFS!

Belle photo Christophe, accompagnée d'une très bonne note descriptive.
Comme quoi ce sigma 180 macro peut être polyvalent. ;-)

Nice shot Christophe,

You certainly captured the moment very well.


Hello Christophe

Nice shot. A little bit dark, but you got the catchlight in the eye. Nice plumage colours. Obviously from the same family as our Pukeko or Swaphen. Well done. Thanks.

Very nice Gallinule pic Christophe.
Great lighting and composition.
A great job well done.

Very nice capture!
Good colour, details and composed.

Hi Christophe!
Nice pic :-) Your bird looks a little lost :-)
Thank for this funny photo.

Christophe, Great exposure and details. Well done!

Great shot Cristophe. These fellows are tough to capture as they are always on the move. Great highlight in the eye. Did you perhpas consider to remove or darken some of the distracting grass to the left of the bird's head?

Bonjour Christophe,
Très belle réussite! Cette poule d'eau a été bien saisie. La composition, le contraste et les couleurs sont parfaites. Le commentaire est également intéressant et complet. Bravo.
MPLP, cordialement,

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-25 17:37]

Hello Christophe, good image of the moorhen. Hard to get these right as their eyes are hard to get right. I think you made a very good job of it. Very well done.

Great shot! Look at those feet! Nice colors and details. Good work and TFS!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-28 3:38]

Nice shot.
DOF perfect.
Great focus

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