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Black Crake

Black Crake
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-10-03 13:41
Viewed: 1544
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this picture of "Black Crake" (Amaurornis flavirostra) at Marievale Bird Sanctuary. It was a cloudy day and light wasn't such good in the bush area. I saw this bird collecting insect from water as well as ground, but it was very fast. It was hiding itself in the bush just even the clicking sound of shutter button. At least I captured a few picture of this beautiful species after long waiting beside the bush; almost lying on ground. Nice experience to capture such shy, quick moving bird and this experience will help me in future too.
It would have been nice if I could give more space in the foreground than back ground. But I didn't get its reflection, so I didn't give. I gave bit more space in the back ground to show the bush, where this shy bird was hiding most of the time, just next to the water level.

The Black Crake is a water bird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. It breeds in most sub-Saharan Africa except in very arid areas.

* Length - 19-23 cm; Short tail and long toe.
* Colour - Black plumage with brown olive tone on the wings.
* Eyes, Legs and Feet - Red
* Bill - Yellow

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Hello Srikumar,
Light was not great but you made a great click, perfect eye contact and details, nice and sharp and a winner composition.
Well done my friend,

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid light, fine details, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-10-04 19:03]

Hello Srikumar,
A wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful Black Crake. The focus is sharp, allowing us to view its unique features and colors in fine detail. The bright red eye and chartreuse beak immediately captures your attention.
I like the low POV which makes you feel as though you are right down there in the marsh with it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-05 1:17]

Hello Srikumar,
Beautiful sharp detailed photo of this Black Crake in splendid natural colors and taken from a good low POV. Attractive eye contact.

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