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Rallus aquaticus

Rallus aquaticus
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 0:38
Viewed: 2854
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Water Rail or European Water Rail[2] (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"[3]. They are easier to see in winter, especially if freezing conditions push them to the edge of the reedbeds.

The South Asian race indicus differs slightly in morphology and strongly in vocalisations; Rasmussen and Anderton (2005) propose that this taxon be treated as a separate species, Eastern Water Rail.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Gruiformes

Family: Rallidae

Genus: Rallus

Species: R. aquaticus

Binomial name
Rallus aquaticus
Linnaeus, 1758

From Wikipedia

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Hello Durzan!
Amazing theme, interesting photographer's note, fine information.
Good point of view and capture, very good cut, perfect contrast and sharpness, ideal colours.
Well done!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-01 1:18]

Beautiful species and the reflections on the water are superb. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-01 2:21]

Hello Szabo,
Beautiful Water Rail.Very good sharpness an details.Soft colours in a very good composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Durzan,
Impeccable capture. Splendid pose of the bird, lovely POV and fine details. Superb colours. Excellent sharpness and good focus.
I can see even the drops of water.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-01 2:46]

Hello Dûrzan,
A fine capture of a Water rail, a species not easy to photograph!
This was taken from a fine POV with excelleny colours and good clarity nice lighting that shows it up well against the busy natural BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-01 3:13]

Hi Durzan,very nice and different work,the bird seems swim on an abstract peinture,i like a lot this colorfull composition,very nice work!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Dürzan bey merhabalar,
Çok güzel bir çekim oldukça net bir çekim olmuş
elinize sağlık , Selamlar.

hello Durzan
super shot of this bird
great details and very good light
the colours are beautiful
greeting lou

Bonjour Durzan,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet dans son environnement compte tenue de son mimétisme.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Durzan, great captuire of wonderful bird, perfect focus on eye, fine details, fantastic reflections, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-01 7:10]

Hello Dûrzan,
Beautiful photo of this Water Rail in splendid warm colours. Very good sharpness and details. Taken from a good POV in a nice composition.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-01 11:42]

Hi Durzan,
Splendid photo of this Rallus aqu.,TFS!

Dostum çok güzel bir su yelvesi çekimi yapmışsın. Tertenmiz.
Yansımalar muhteşem. Ellerine sağlık.
Bi slaven germ...

nice capture of this lovely Water Rail, great focus on his head, i love the beautiful plumage, the droplets on his neck and the fantastic color tones of the water
Have a good night

Selamlar hocam,
çok aquatik bir canlı:)
Elinize sağlık.
İyi geceler.

Hello Durzan,
Good pose, composition, colours and details. Well done!

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