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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 14:47
Viewed: 2663
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was taking a walk in the local park late one evening when this Moorhen jumped out of the lake and stood in front of the camera, usually i find that they are quite timid. You can see the water still on his wet feathers on his body. His mate was sat on a nest in the middle of the lake. So hopefully we will see some babies soon.

Moorhen ( Gallinula chloropus ) Length 32-35cm.
Widespread and familiar weland bird in most parts of mainland Britain and Ireland. Often very wary but will be less shy in urban areas. Adult has brownish wings but otherwise mainly dark grey/black plumage. Has distinctive yellow tipped red bill and frontal sheild on head, white feathers on sides and undertail and white line along flanks. Legs and long toes yellowish. Swims with jerky movements and with tail flicking, in flight shows dangling legs.

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bonjour nick
comment avez vous fait pour arriver a la prendre d'aussi pres sans la faire fuir?
felicitations pour cette photo tres reussie.

  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-20 15:19]

selam nicholas; what a cute bird ,nice shot, good details presented,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS
regards P.T:)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-20 15:26]

It appears that this moorhen was accustomed to being fed by people in the park. Very nice exposure to get the subtle color changes in the feathers. It is interesting that they do not have webbed feet.

Hello Nick,
great captured on this cuttie!
I liked the shinning body that you bring them out well, good sharpness with perfect details on the bird
very well done, Nick
thanks for sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-20 15:55]

Hi Nick,

I am getting acquainted with the Moorhen here on TN. You captured the black perfectly and the water marks make it even better. I like the yellow feet! Nice colors and details and a nice natural setting.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-20 16:09]

Hello Nick, great picture! Wonderful colors and composition, you had a perfect POV even though the head is a little bit of focus, great shot.. Congratulations!

Hi Nicholas,
this was close, the bird seems nor affraid for you.
It looks funny with the big green feet.
Well exposed, the details in the dark parts are well seen.
It's pretty sharp and the colours are nice.
Well done.

Hello Nick,
Great image of this wet Moorhen. It was very kind of it to jump out in front of you like that. Nice close up, we can see its detatil well. Nicely composed.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-20 21:25]

Hi Nicholas. Like your fine photo. I had never seen this spices befor. BIG foots. Your note is very interesting, and I do hope that you soon can see the family, like I did in one of my photos of Say's. Saludos Luis52.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-21 3:13]

Hello Nicholas,
This fellow has something so touching. Is it its way to look, is it because of its great feet? Very natural picture. Thank's and
Best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-21 3:55]

Nicholas shot taken from a different perspective. Not easy against light. Good take and TFS Ganesh

Hello Nicholas , what an interesting legs :) very good shrpnss and POV , TFS. and good luck.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-21 11:55]

Hello Nicholas,
Good photo of this Moorhen, which I have whole year long in my garden, but I never made a good photo of it. But this is a very good-one. Beautiful exposure, sharpness, composition and natural colours. I like the eye-contact.

Hello Nick,
What a great capture! Lovely details of the hen including the wet feathers, the ribbed skin on the feet and the glint in the eye. Good pov and dof. Is it called a moorhen besause it has feet like a hen?
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Superbe et beaux détails.

Hello Nicholas,
well focused the whole bird, bright colors (above all the black plumage). Absolutely neat and sharp.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-22 7:01]

Hello Nick,
Very beautiful close shot of this Moorhen. Excellent sharp details and lovely colours of the plumage. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Nicholas,
Very nice shot of this beautiful and shy bird. Colouration, sharpness and details nice. Notes given good. TFS
well done

Hello Nicholas,

Lovely pic. Great details on the dark area of the feathers. Very well equilibrated colour and lightwise.
We got this bird in Romania too. It loves waters (although, looking at the legs one won't believe it)

Cheers, Petru

to have this animal at few meters, near my house, isn't symple. good work.

tfs mario

Hi Nicholas,
Wow, so closeup shot of moorhen!
TFS and friendly regards,

A rare capture indeed. I have very few pictures of those or of their chicks because they're usually so shy. Great capture, nice detail. Cheers Dan

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