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Water Rail

Water Rail
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-08 10:51
Viewed: 3524
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

Hope you all remember me :). I've been busy recently but finally got a chance to go out and take some photos this weekend. I went to my usual spot, and probably my favourite, The Spinnies near Bangor. I was lucky enough to be in a hide with someone who saw this bird before me and pointed it out. It was one I had never seen before and I was happy to get it as the man explained to me they are quite shy.
Hope you all enjoy it.


From RSPB.org.uk

Smaller and distinctly slimmer than the moorhen, the water rail is a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts, grey face and underparts and black-and-white barred flanks, and a long red bill. Difficult to see in the breeding season, it is relatively easier to find in winter, when it is also more numerous and widespread. Although usually secretive they can become confiding but are still far more often heard than seen.

Where to see them
Widely but thinly distributed as breeding birds across the UK, but absent from upland areas. Most abundant in Eastern England and suitable habitat along the south coast.

When to see them
All year round, although numbers are higher in winter when many birds arrive from continental Europe.

What they eat
Omnivorous - mainly small fish, snails and insects.

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Of course I do remember you young man... and how can I forget your work form the past. Your presentation today is simply incredible! I love the environment in this frame. The Water Rail is captured in a perfect pose. Good colors and fantastic composition! Bravo Sion! Welcome to Treknature once again!
George Veltchev

Hello Sion
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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