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White-Breasted Waterhen

White-Breasted Waterhen
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-10 7:35
Viewed: 3198
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-breasted Waterhen
Amaurornis phoenicurus

Main features: Large (33cm); upperparts black; white face, belly; chestnut flanks and undertail coverts; bill green or yellow, red at the base; legs yellowish green. Genders look alike.

Juvenile: Dirtier looking, overall grey-brown; upperparts browner; white replaced by dark grey; bill grey.

Call: Described as a dawn chorus lasting several minutes of frog-like croaking and grunting followed by regular u-wak. Also a soft, hollow hoop repeated monotonously; alarm call is a high-pitched hik.

In flight: Flies with legs dangling.

Similar birds: Common Moorhen: their juveniles look similar. But the Common Moorhen's has a white under tail covert while the White-breasted Waterhen's is cinnamon.

Status in Singapore: Very common resident throughout the island, including North and South offshore islands.

World distribution: Resident and common in India through southern China, Southeast Asia to the Philippines and Bali.

Classification: Family Rallidae (Rails). World 142 species, Singapore 11 species.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-10 8:01]

hi ang,
its difficult to see this shy bird like this in open, beautifuly captured, with good details of the bird. what a viewpoint and great background. well done. tfs.

Well composed shot, Ang, and a good moment.
I do like the low point of view as well. Not obvious, I guess.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-10 10:24]

Hello Ang Wee,
What a beauty! The low POV is perfect. Sharpness, colours and composition are more than excellent. Nice eye-contact.

Nice to see one of these again. When we were kids we used to see a lot of them out in Malaysia where we knew them under their Malay name of "Ruak Ruak".

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