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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-23 12:56
Viewed: 3287
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

Swedish name: Rörhona.

A widespread species that is found around the world. There are several subspecies and the body colour varies in ton and shade.
In Sweden it was quite rare but has become more common in the S. during the last decades.

Though this species has been posted many times on TN this is my first.

This one was walking quickly in the typical way of raising its feet quite high with every step.
When walking more slowly it flicks its tail to show the white underside that also acts as a signal when pair-bonding. The sexes are very similar.

Notice how large the foot is, typical of birds in the Rail family. Despite the lack of webbing between the toes it swims well.

This was taken at a distance of about 12 meters (40ft) with my camera hand-held at a newly-created small park around what was previously a polluted small stream.
After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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merhaba Ivan
this is very nice capture when it walking. Hard light condition not affect the shot very much. coloration, exposure, POV very nice. çok teşekkürler dostum. eline sağlık.
iyi akşamlar.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-23 13:19]

Hello Ivan.
This is a very good picture.I like this green leg a lot. POV, composition, details and exposure are just great. Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-23 13:44]

Hello Ivan,
A photo in very beautiful colours and great sharpness. Excellent timing, DOF and composition.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-23 13:56]

Bonjour Ivan, une belle composition avec beaucoup de mouvement de l'oiseau. Sa patte parait démesurée!! de jolis reflets et une belle lumière rendent cette photo agréable. Félicitations, Didier.

Don't you just adore those FEET! Great capture!

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with very good timing, good composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

impressive and beautiful close up, the photo performance is great!
regards Nasos

Hi Ivan,
Splendid lights and very nice colored fine details on this photo of this walking Moorhen, i like the splendid eyes, TFS!

The low point of view is excellent, giving a larger than life impression of the bird. Excellent detail and light with nice water reflections. Very good pose giving a sense of movement. Excellent photo.
regards yiannis

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely galinula in nice walking pose, excellent sharpness, beauitiful reflections, fine details, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this Moorhen with good sharpness and a lovely walking pose. I also like the nice reflections, the splendid light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ivan. Magnifcent colours and good details for the bird in action.


Hello Ivan,
A very nice captured of this Moorhen, great timing, beautiful natural colours, lovely highlighted eye and very good sharpness, a lovely picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-11-24 5:26]

very good portrait of this lovely moorhen, the pose is excellent with one foot above the water, good colors. tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-24 6:54]

Hello Ivan,
splendid image of this nice bird with excellent detail, great clarity and perfect POV. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Ivan,
Wonderfull detalis and nice species,
Very good birds in habitats.
This photo is very fun.
Have a good day dear friend.

hello Ivan
very nice picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
what an interesting photo of this walking bird :). Amazing colours. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-24 15:22]

Hi Ivan,the position of the galinula is the best to see these big big legs..a great capture and the usual beautiful sharpness and colors,very interesting specie,you were lucky to meet it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ivan,
Very nice shot Ivan.
Excellent sharpness and exposure.
Color contrast is very beautiful.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent timming, great composition and good details for this image. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ivan,
Lovely bird with excellent colors and fantastic details.
They are very shy in my country and a catch none in my gallery.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-28 5:00]

Bonjour Ivan,
Tu as su capter la poule d'eau dans une attitude intéressante juste au moment où il sortait son immense patte de l'eau!! Un oiseau qu'il me semble voir plus souvent aujourd'hui que dans le passé. Une image simple, concentrée sur l'essentiel. Bien vu et photographié.
Un grand merci

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-06 3:54]

Hello Ivan,
very lively shot in full of light. The action is well captured to give a sense of suspense.
Exciting colours especially the red beak.
nice view indeed.


Hello Ivan

Once again excellent timing to shoot this photo
because of the Moorhen's pose adding dynamism
to the image, the low POV and reflection on the
water it is also contributing to that dynamism.
Excellent focus sharpness and details, i love
the light on your photo, TFS


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