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White-breasted Waterhen

White-breasted Waterhen
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-07-20 7:37
Viewed: 1157
Points: 20
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My school gardeners informed me this morning that there was a family of White-breasted Water-hens in the lotus pond and I must take their pictures. So I rushed there and noticed that an adult pair of these birds was trying to look after and protect 4 of their newly hatched chicks. The pond is almost fully covered with wide leaves of Water Lilies these days and the little ones were lurching around on them, crying loudly and looking helpless and hungry. Their parent too looked quite confused, but they kept on staying close and keeping an eye on them. One of the gardeners told me that a similar scenario had occurred last year and that the chicks had failed to survive eventually. I felt deeply concerned about them, particularly when I was informed that a cat was on the prowl around the pond and some crows too had made a few passes over the hapless family. Realizing I too could not do anything to ensure their security, I took a few pictures and went back to my office. Here is a picture of the mother with one of the chicks trying to hide under her wings and the other one standing on a leaf in front of her.

The White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) is a waterbird of the rail and crake family Rallidae that is widely distributed across Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. They are dark slaty birds with a clean white face, breast and belly. They are somewhat bolder than most other rails and are often seen stepping slowly with their tail cocked upright in open marshes or even drains near busy roads. They are largely crepuscular in activity and during the breeding season, just after the first rains, make loud and repetitive croaking calls.


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hallo Ram
very nice picture to see the little one's
good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

wonderful shot of White-breasted Waterhen, one of my target species.
Congratulation Mr. Ram.
Best regards

Hello Ram,
What a nice photo. You have a great luck to catch from close range such a nice specie. The photographers note are interesting and useful.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-07-20 12:11]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful photo of this White-breasted Waterhen with chicks. Good sharpness, details and composition. Hopefully they survive.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-07-20 12:17]

Hello Ram,
Your POV and DOF are nice in this well composed and creative image.
Regards Sigi

Hi Ram,
nice shot of this waterhen. Even the little ones are seen.

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely family, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-21 13:10]

Hi Ram,lucky meeting with this interesting and curious specie walking on the floating leaves,your school gardener is a great friend..ehehe...and you caught the opportunity in the usual excellent way and quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ram

WOW ! beautiful bird(s) and very beautiful photo, you choose a fine POV
to show mother's protective pose with her chick under her wing, and the
other one even off-focus it is very beautiful, it remind me the chicks of
the Virginia Rail that when they born they are all dark or all black
(that I had the chance to shoot in photo in summer of 2012),
unfortunately it is part of the nature they will always be predators, TFS


Excellent photograph with an extremely valuable note explaining the unusual setting. I see that the little bird in the background is one of the unfortunate chicks!

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