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Corn Crake (kornknarr)

Corn Crake (kornknarr)
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 300mm / F2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 400, Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-25 22:37
Viewed: 4126
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks for the comments on my previous post.

Today’s post is a not so common bird but it not often you will see it but everyone can hear it, it's a laud and noisy bird.
There are bird watchers who have seen bird in 25 years and never seen this bird on the ground. It lives in close, high grass almost impossible to watch, it's like a ghost.
We was out for other birds and had the Corn Crake walking around us in hours when it suddenly showed up in an opening in the grass about 5-6 meter away, it showed up itself for around 15 sec.
The picture is a bit greenish but it's not easy to shot with a 600mm lens just trough the grass, a lot of straws between the camera and the bird too.
This is almost the full picture and I very happy for it; I had waited in years for this bird.
I hope you like it.

Info from Wikipedia.

The adult Corn Crake is 22–25 cm (8.6–9.8 in) long with a wingspan of between 46–53 cm (19–21 in). It weighs between 125–210 g (4.5–7.5 ounces).[It has mainly brown, heavily spotted upper parts, a blue-grey head and neck, and reddish streaked flanks. It has a short bill and shows chestnut wings and long dangling legs in flight. The sexes are similar, but in the immature bird the blue-grey is replaced by buff. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails
Its breeding habitat is not marshes as with most crakes, but, as the name implies, meadows and arable farmland. It breeds across Europe and western Asia, migrating to Africa in winter. It is in steep decline across most of its range because modern farming practices mean that nests and birds are destroyed by mowing or harvesting before breeding is finished. The best place to look for or listen for them in the UK is in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. In Ireland, the best place to hear the birds is the island of Inishbofin, Galway, off the coast of County Galway. In 2008 a decline of about 8% in the number of "calling males" was noticed

Source and more info in different language here. You can even listen to it's loud call

Canon 300mm 2,8 L, extender 2.0, tripod
Spotmetering, + 1/3ev, ISO 400, Raw-format, av-mode.
Levels, Contrast, Crop, resized to 800 pixels, PP in the new PS CS5
Well calibrated Eizo monitor, calibrated/profiled with spyder3 elite

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-25 22:56]

Gomorron Gert!
What a fine capture!
Not just because you caught the head and neck of a Kornknarr with excellent sharpness and colours but because as we know this species is rarely seen, let alone photographed. My son heard one near his home in Uppsala early one morning but he could not see it even though it was calling very close by.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Hälsningar från ett Åhus i 30 cm snö,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-25 23:12]

Hello Gert,

Nice macro shot of these kornknarr, exactly he or she head above the vegetation.
Excellent captured and composed.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

The effect of the fine 300mm f/2.8 is easily recognisable here friend Gert! Good day and I am so glad to see this amazing work from you again! What a brilliant dept of field/clarity and detail indeed. The ghost of this rare specie is absolutely amazing. Corn Crane in a strange behaviour as you are saying! Bravo, I love the low almost ground level point of view the shadows of the out of focus grass and the perfect natural color under fabulous warm light! Bravo Gert, fantastic work indeed!
George Veltchev

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-11-26 0:04]

Hello Gert,

this are an real good picture, so highlighted the bird between the grasses with exellent dof and sharpness.
Fine natural color too.

other Gert

Hallo Gert
This Corn Crake's head is so sharply focused it actually hurts my eyes and that is no lie. Sjoe, it is so clear it is actually unbelievable. A absolutely praiseworthy portrait. Stunning photography! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-26 1:15]

Hello Gert
Wow! Excellent portrait! It's very hard to get a photo with this specie.
Thanks for sharing

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-26 2:53]

Hello Gert,
such a special view with the head emerged from the greens. Excellent distance shot in superb sharpness.
the view on the eyes and on the head is stunning.
well presented in graphical composition.


Hello Gert,
What a fantastic portrait of this lovely bird.
Great details and wonderful colours. You managed well the shot.
Excellent focus on the head.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-26 10:41]

Hello Gert,
Very nice portrait of this Corn Crake, crex crex. Very sharp focus on the head. Beautiful natural colours and a very nice DOF. Taken from a perfect low POV.
Never seen in the wild. Have a great weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-26 14:12]

Hi Gert,i like a lot this composition taken in the grass,excellent focus on the bird head and very good light,sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-26 23:20]

Hi Gert.
Your shot is very pictorial and looks very natural. I like it a lot. FG and BG are blurred nicely and underline accurate contours of a beautiful bird perfectly. Pose of the bird, its glance and other attractive features are shown excellently too. My kind regards and TFS.

Bonjour Gert,
Agréable portrait valorisant relativement bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Gert,
you was very lucky to see this rare bird and that you are able to captured it with your camera, a very good portrait with great details and nice profil view
fine colors too
Have a great sunday

Hello Gert,
Excellent capture. Apparently an impossible shot but you did it anyway. As a matter of fact I do like the greenish foreground softness. It generates depth and it also adds a kind of painterly effect to your work.
Congrats and TFS,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-04 4:52]

Hello Gert,
A beautiful portrait of this lovely bird with incredibly coloured eyes. Camera work is first class here Gert, thank you for sharing.

great sharp portrait, TFS Ori

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