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Porzana porzana

Porzana porzana
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-13 11:18
Viewed: 5351
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Porzana porzana (Linnaeus 1766)
Spotted Crake

Porzana porzana is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae with a length of 19-22.5 cm.
Adults have mainly brown upperparts and blue-grey breast, with dark barring and white spots on the flanks. They have green legs with long toes, and a short straight bill, yellow with a red base. Immature are similar, but the blue-grey is replaced by brown.

It breeds in marshes and sedge beds across temperate Europe into western Asia. They nest in a dry location in marsh vegetation, laying 6-15 eggs. It is a migratory species, wintering in Africa and Pakistan.

Spotted Crakes probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and aquatic animals.
They are very secretive in the breeding season, and are then mostly heard rather than seen. They can be easier to see on migration.

In Cyprus Porzana porzana is a scarce passage migrant in spring and autumn. It is also a very rare winter visitor.

siggi, marius-secan, CeltickRanger, corjan3, lousat, dmark11, soccer, maurydv, Miss_Piggy, fransswanepoel, Ishi, Dis. Ac., maaciejka, flashpoint has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-13 11:23]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another superb photo in splendid colours and amazing sharpness and details. The best photo of a Spotted Crake I've seen so far. A treasure for TN, what a beauty!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-13 11:27]

Hello Christodoulos.
What an unusual looking bird with a yellow beak. Wonderful colors - the red eye is amazing. Excellent details of the face and the plummage. I love the pose and the natural setting.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,
A picture really eye-catching and dynamic delicious! ... good job, beautiful bird!
Regards, TFS

This 400mm of yours is truly superb piece of glass friend Christodoulos, and in combination with the legendary 5D the result is breathtaking! Bravo, amazingly rich color gamut! Awesome clarity, and fine detail! You have manage to capture this fantastic water bird in brilliant pose!And what a name - Porzana porzana! I love it!
George Veltchev

Hello Christodoulos,
Fantastic capture of a splendid bird. Interesting photographer's note and very useful.
This bird don't migrate in Romania. I've never seen it in my country.
Lovely colors and excellent focus.

hello Christodoulos

excellent and beautiful shot of this wader bird,
with very fine POV, DOF and the way diagonally
it is framed on the image, beautiful luminosity,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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

Hello Christodoulos,
I am really amazed at the quality and the bird is doing something, whatever it may be. Beautiful!!!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-13 12:49]

Hi Christodoulos
very nice one with good compo in natural habitat

Geia sou Christodoule,
Amazing composition with lovely pose of the Spotted Crake; sharpness, colours and light conditions have been perfectly managed. Well done! Best wishes, Pambos

Hello Christodoulos,
Superb close-up of this Spotted Crake, wonderful composed with amazing details on the plumage and lovely colours. Sharpness and POV are excellent. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-13 15:05]

What a beautiful specie and what a perfect pic! Impressive plums details,great colors,sharpness and light balance.Impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Christodoulos,
What an interesting bird. I just love the big red eye, the multi-colored feathers and the big green feet. Great lighting and sharpeness. Thanks for sharing I have never seen one of these before.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-01-13 22:26]

Hello Christodoulos,

A very sharp pic of the subject. I like the lighting, composition, POV, contrast, DOF, BG and colours in the image. The highlight for me is the clarity and sharpness of the subject.

Hi Christodoulos,

good colours, sharpness and details...best regards ...

Hasan ..

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-13 23:07]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo of this Porzana porzana, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!
This common species there are rare in the last years in Transylvania.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of the Spotted Crake taken from an excellent POV with amazing details on the plumage, marvellous bright colours, a very pleasing close composition
Best regards

Hallo Christodoulos
Bravo for an absolutely beautiful image with excellent sharpness and detail. A very eye-catching photograph with lots of great qualities. Everything in is image is a feast to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

A superb shot Christodoulos. Pin sharp detail and good low angle.
Well done and TFS

Ciao Christodoulos. Superb close up with impressive focus and wonderful colours. Great light trought the wet environemnt.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-01-14 8:07]

Terrific image of bird unknown to me. Techncally superb. Very beautiful to watch.

Thanks you, Christodoulos!

Have a nice weekend,


Hello Christodoulos,

what an very well taken picture from this shy bird with good low pov and sharpness in his own environment.
Fine colors.


Hi Christodoulos.
Great shot. Amazing natural colours and sharpness. Also clear background.
Thanks for sharing,
have a nice weekend.

hello Christo
this is a super picture with a great sharpness and good details
beautiful coloured bird with a nice pose
great shot
greeting lou

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-14 14:06]

Hello Christodoulos,
Wonderful vivid colors and excellent details
Congratulations and best regards ..

Hello Christodoulos,
Congratulations for the beautiful picture, perfect POV, sharpness and contrast.
Excellent notes attached, thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

Hi Christodoulos, excellent shot!! Very sharp details, nice natural colors and perfect BG!!!

Superb shoot...Excellent work!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-07 3:48]

Hello Christodoulos,
exciting capture of this bird in its stalking position. Very nice image in excellent sharpness and clarity. the details of the feathers are amazing.
you have composed it so well,


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