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Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-09 5:31
Viewed: 2806
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Swampen often uses its foot to eat. That’s what you see on the photo.

The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). This chicken-sized bird, with its huge feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily-recognisable in its native range.

Diet and feeding
The Purple Swamphen prefers wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp pastures. The birds often live in pairs and larger communities. It clambers through the reeds, eating the tender shoots and vegetable-like matter. They have been known to eat eggs, ducklings, small fish and invertebrates such as snails. They have even been known to attack large eels, however there is no consensus amongst ornithologists if they actually eat eel. THEY WILL OFTEN USE ONE FOOT TO BRING FOOD TO THEIR MOUTH RATHER THAN EAT IT ON THE GROUND.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Another beautiful capture with a lovely pose within a vertical frame,outstanding details of plumage and foreground with nice reflection.
Thanks and my regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-03-09 6:16]

Hello Peter,
An excellent capture, not only of the Purple Swamphen, but showing how it uses its grasping foot to eat. Excellent sharpness, natural colours and just the right DOF against the contrasting BG.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Nice pose, Peter.
Like the colours on the bird.

Hello Peter,
Outstanding photograph of Purple Swamphen, excellent sharpness and details, good composition, fair background and excellent lighting.

Hello Peter,
very nice picture of vertical composition.
you captured the birds feeding character very well.
sharpness and colour is very perfect of this colourful bird moorhen.
At santiniketan we have a good number of this bird, and I was making a sort video clipping and uploded it on youtube. it is here I will be happy if you view this.
with best wishes,

Hi Peter

Muy buena captura,bonito encuadre y buen enfoque.Lastima que vayan quedando tan pocos ejemplares de este hermoso animal.Por aqui se le llama "Gallo azul" tambien.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Perple Swamp Hen.I like its pose and your focus.Well natural colour too.I like this bird.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-09 8:18]

Hi Peter,what a original pose and what a great spectacle create by rd,blue and reflections,a very nice and different bird pic,a magnificent specie,great details and perfect exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-09 8:43]

Hello Peter,
A real beauty and captured in an attractive feeding pose. They seem to have such large feet for the size of the bird.
I love it's rich colors and unusual red frontal shield. Your notes about the way they use their feet while feeding is certainly interesting. Great work!!

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-03-09 9:57]

Hi Peter,
beautiful capture of this very interesting bird,
excellent details and colors, well composed !
Best regards !

hallo Peter
mooie opname ,een leuk moment eten uit zijn poot
de kleuren en details zijn weer prachtig
bedankt weer
gr lou

Ciao Peter.
Splendida foto di questo esemplare di Swampen,in una particolare postura,eccellente composizione,bellissimi i colori naturali,grande nitidezza con molteplici dettagli complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona domenica ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-03-09 10:49]

Hi Peter
excellent pose and perfect compo
a bit noisy though but great portrait

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful natural ambientation, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and a nice eating pose. I also like the beautiful colours and some nice reflections.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter

Great close-up photo of this wader bird,
with a superb POV and DOF, beautiful soft light,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-09 19:39]

Hello Peter
This is an exciting view...the colors is smashing.
Sharpness is so well done.Lovely contrast too.
Nice collection from you


Great photo Peter! The composition and the sharpness are excellent! The sharpness is impressive! Interesting subject too!

Hello Peter.
This is a fine moment capturing the action of this beautiful looking bird. The focus and sharpness are brilliant looking good in this setting. Great contrast and lovely framing.
Thanks and kind regards.


Hello Peter,
As usual a top quality image with superb colors. Wonderful photo with excellent details. Amazing clarity and perfect focus of this lovely bird. Very good WB and good low POV. Incredible sharp details.....
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Peter,
Attitude originale du sujet mais qui n'est cependant pas à son avantage ; très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Peter. Excellent DOF details so like the sharp. Brigh colours for the interesting bird in action.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-03-10 11:48]

Hi Peter,
Interesting action photo with excellent details
and colours.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-03-20 19:21]

Hola Peter, una hermosa foto con gran acercamiento de una especie dificil de tomar buenas fotos; me gusta el entorno y la nitidez y color de la toma...saludos.

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