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Water Rail


Water Rail
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-29 3:37
Viewed: 2217
Points: 18
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New specie in my gallery.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Water Rail or European Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus) is a small wetland bird of the rail family.
Its breeding habitat is marshes and reedbeds across Europe and Asia. It nests in a dry location in marsh vegetation, laying up to a dozen eggs. Northernmost and eastern populations are migratory, but Water Rails are permanent residents in western and southern Europe, with numbers augmented by migrants in winter.
Adults are 23–26 cm long, and have mainly brown upperparts and blue-grey underparts, with black barring on the flanks. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds. They have long toes, a short tail and a long (3-4.5 cm) slim reddish bill. Legs are yellowish.
Immature birds are similar to the adults, but the blue-grey is replaced by buff. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails.
These birds probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They eat insects, seeds, berries, rodents and smaller birds.
Water Rails are very secretive in the breeding season, and are then mostly heard rather than seen. They are noisy birds, with a rich variety of sounds including a distinctive pig-like squeal, known as "sharming". They are easier to see in winter, especially if freezing conditions push them to the edge of the reedbeds.

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Hi Razvan,
very interesting bird we have today from you. Seems that the Focal length is never enough! Ha .haaa ..ha..., whatever lens I put in front of my camera very often seems short! But lovely capture, with pleasant natural colors and fine exposure! In my opinion there is lots of empty space on the bottom of the frame! The composition is always a matter of personal taste! Have a great day my friend!
Regards,
George Veltchev

Ciao Razvan. Interstng dynamci moment in good detaisl and sharp. Interestiong water environment.

Roberto

Hello Razvan,
a beautiful image of bird, particularly good, light and sharpness. A nice picture, regards. Paolo

hello Razvan
super good picture with nice details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Interesting waterbird, it's a good POV of the action.
Pleasing warm colors,
Nice shot :)

Hello Razvan

Blue green water left behind on the way to proceed with a very beautiful color harmony. Very nice color and detail. with good timing have been a successful composition. Thank you for sharing. Regards ...Mehmet

Great shot! Clear and sharp, you have good feather detail and that glint in the eye. You can also see movement in the water, well done!

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Buna Razvan,
Intr-un final ai reusit sa-l surprinzi si sa adaugi inca o specie in impresionanta ta galerie. Spre deosebire de mine ai avut noroc si de soare.
Numai bine,
Mircea

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