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Copyright: David McGill (Canish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 33] (162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon ef s 55-250 f/4.0-5.6 is
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-07 12:29
Viewed: 8017
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Moari name Pukeko. Porphyrio porphyrio.
Family Rallidae.
Common name Swamp Hen.

Native of New Zealand and Australia although the New Zealand and Tasmanian birds seem to be slightly smaller than the mainland Australian breed.
When allarmed they will run showing their White under tail.They are fast runners and reluctant fliers very uncoordinated in flight.
Also seem to have a urge to commit suicide as they seem to be the most common bird to be run over by cars.

Common throughout New Zealand and are very adaptable which is just as well as man is destroying their natural habitat.

Feed on plants which it can pull from the ground with its strong feet also on insects and worms.

Nesting takes place from August to March when they will build a bulky structure in swampy areas and lay 4/8 eggs.

Males can weigh up to 1.100 kg Females about 850 gms.

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nice portrait, though a little too bright, TFS Ori

Hallo David
The Pukeko or Swamp Hen is a rather big bird with well-built and prominent features and you have captured it well. The black and royal blue colours of the body feathers in contrast with the reddish beak and facial part are beautiful together and seeing this bird on the green grass highlights these features to their best. It indeed has some sturdy legs and paws and it seems as if can give a mean kick if it has to. I like the piece of grass in the Hen's mouth and the way it looks back at something out of the frame, but this way also showing its lovely rustic coloured eye. A colourful image which I enjoyed looking at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-08 2:29]

Hello David,
Nice this macro that we propose.
Waiting for other pictures from you in 2010.
Have a good day,

Hi, David,
Very effect pose, good capture. An interesting shot and useful note! My compliments!
Greetings from Russia!

Hello David,
Beautiful image with nice details and beautiful colours. Great sharpness end pose are very good. Well done!

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