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Gallinula chloropus

Gallinula chloropus
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-21
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-22 5:01
Viewed: 1216
Points: 6
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I took this shot of common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus yesterday at Kallar Kahar lake which serves as a home for varieties of ducks, moorhens, egrets and cormorants. It took me more than an hour to get a desired shot as like most of the birds these moorhens are very shy of humans. I even hired a paddle boat to chase them quietly or at least take shots from closer distance but in vain. This Moorhen showed up when i was leaving, all tired up. Long grasses including different varieties of silver grasses provide a perfect shelter to these birds. I wanted to take this shot in a bit quiet water but there was a breeze creating wavy or sort of chevron type of reflections of the long grasses i mentioned earlier. To me it is still an acceptable image.
I have sharpened the image after re-sizing and removed some of the grains from water behind this moorhen. The waterline to the right of bird seems to be a bit inclined which was all natural and could be attributed to the paddling motion of the bird. Some information from Wikipedia is as under:

The common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) (also known as the "swamp chicken") is a bird species in the Rallidae family. It is distributed across many parts of the Old World.

The common moorhen lives around well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals and other wetlands. The species is not found in the polar regions or many tropical rainforests. Elsewhere it is likely the most common rail species, except for the Eurasian coot in some regions.

The moorhen is a distinctive species, with dark plumage apart from the white undertail, yellow legs and a red frontal shield. The young are browner and lack the red shield. The frontal shield of the adult has a rounded top and fairly parallel sides; the tailward margin of the red unfeathered area is a smooth waving line. In the related Common Gallinule of the Americas, the frontal shield has a fairly straight top and is less wide towards the bill, giving a marked indentation to the back margin of the red area.

The common moorhen gives a wide range of gargling calls and will emit loud hisses when threatened.

Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards...AAA

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Hello Akbar,
Brilliant capture.....Very nice specie. The exposure is perfect. I like this interesting scene. The weather is going bad in my country...rain and rain and rain again... Yesterday I have 2 ours for shooting....Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-23 2:08]

Hi Akbar,magnificent capture of this moorhen swimming,the quality is absolutely great,not easy to take so well the black plumage from this distance,impressive details and bright colors,and magic reflections too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar,

Hope you are well brother. This is indeed a wonderful shot of this lovely jal kukri of our region, looks just like a fine water colour painting to me. The reflections are great as is your focus and the shot overall.Great capture indeed!Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
warm regards/Abid

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