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What an amazing response to Winter birds - thank you all.
Back to Africa today.
Black Crakes are delightful but rather odd little chaps. They are thrush sized birds that like areas with plenty of thick surface vegetation near to reeds and in Zimbabwe have adapted to the thick mats of exotic Hyacinth. They are very busy and visible when they have young to feed and in the early dawn light can be found running about on thick vegetation looking for water spiders to feed their young.
Their agitated movement is very amusing to watch and their flight curious - they really battle to take off (V2) but once they get going are quite elegant flying very close to the water (V1) with wingtips producing a slight ripple on the surface occasionally. They rarely fly more than fifty yards or so during the day but must fly further at night ( like many slow flying birds) to avoid aerial predators.
Where they occur in close proximity to humans they become quite tame if regularly fed.
These shots were taken of wild birds at Lake Chivero in Zimbabwe very early in the morning.
Hope you like them. A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jul 2012 - 5:59 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Black Crake Reflections
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:27 Jan 2013 - 9:18 AM
Tags:Black Crake. Flight. Habitat. Zimbabwe., Wildlife / nature
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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7102 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 9:22 AM

A nice pair of reflective shots Arthur.

trev

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
27 Jan 2013 - 10:03 AM

What a wonderful set of images! Lovely to see them.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 10:46 AM

What a cracking capture, Arthur. Carol

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85882 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:10 AM

Delightful image Arthur

Thanks for sharing

Adrian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 11:22 AM

A fine pair, Arthur. Lovely 'landing gear' down pose in v2, and a great reflection in v1 where that little ripple is so important. Nicely captured.

Dave

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 12:37 PM

V1 has been well caught. With V2 there appears to be a line through the middle as if you have PS the reflection.

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 12:49 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. No PS here, John, other than a boost to contrast (low light capture) and some unsharp mask. I did see the 'line' you mention but decided to leave it as it was there. A

Last Modified By accipiter at 27 Jan 2013 - 12:52 PM

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 1:06 PM

Amazing reflection in V1. Looks like one is flying upside down......Sandy

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
27 Jan 2013 - 2:21 PM

These are two great images Smile Great creations Arthur SmileGrin

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Jan 2013 - 2:33 PM

Superb reflection in v1

Peter

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 3:06 PM

Two excellent images Arthur. These are perfectly timed and show remarkable reflections. Top class.
Ron

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 3:34 PM

Love V1 but both very good captures

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 3:59 PM

The reflections are marvelous-- a splendid pair!

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franken
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27 Jan 2013 - 6:39 PM

Wonderful set here.

ken

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2013 - 9:18 PM

Superb reflections,both great captures..Lin

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Glostopcat
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27 Jan 2013 - 11:21 PM

Two fantastic inflight captures with brilliant reflections. V1 is top drawer

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29 Jan 2013 - 1:51 AM

That is a big Wow from me!SmileSmileSmile

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xwang
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4 Feb 2013 - 9:06 AM

How amazing! Excellently captured image.Smile

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2 Mar 2013 - 9:35 AM

Excellent take.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Mar 2013 - 8:39 AM

Amazing shot. Great reflection. paul

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