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A very obliging Water Rail at my local patch.
Many thanks for the CC's on the last moon upload, thought it was so much better than the first, evident that it wasn't by the lack of votes. But very apparent that votes do not reflect quality at times. Will wait now for the next full or even first quarter and hope for a clean un-poluted sky and have an idea with star trails as well.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM + 1.4x convertor
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Dec 2012 - 11:10 AM
Focal Length:800mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual 5500K
Title:Water Rail
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:2 Dec 2012 - 2:13 PM
Tags:Water rail, Wildlife / nature
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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:28 PM

Stunning good shot Richard. Looks like the Pond area came up trumps.
Ron

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:28 PM

A terrific image of this shy and often elusive bird

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:29 PM

I know how hard these are to get they dont often come into the open - well done Richard

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:31 PM

Many thanks all and Ann for the UA, really appreciated.
Very wet feet as I had to go through mud and some thin ice to get close to it Ron behind Sandy Bay, woodcock and snipe there in great numbers as well but only realised as they flew up in front of me Sad

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
2 Dec 2012 - 3:04 PM

Stunning & good timing....
Well detailed.

Basith

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85908 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 3:19 PM

A damn fine take Richard .Nailed the plumage colours to a "T"

I might have had a go at removing that offensive reed, which looks as if it is stabbing him/her in the neckWink

Still a great shot of a beautiful and secretive birdSmile

Adrian

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
2 Dec 2012 - 3:26 PM

fantasick photo lovely detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 3:30 PM

I know how tough these are to see and get a decent photo of; Excellent work RIchard, well worth the wet feet.

David

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 3:34 PM

An absolute cracker, Richard - best I have ever seen here of this secretive bird. Razor sharp with superb natural plumage tones/patterning and fine eye. Excellent DOF with perfect focus on your main subject. Love the natural surroundings as taken.
Sylvia

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 3:53 PM


Quote: A damn fine take Richard .Nailed the plumage colours to a "T"

I might have had a go at removing that offensive reed, which looks as if it is stabbing him/her in the neckWink

Still a great shot of a beautiful and secretive birdSmile

Adrian

And then the ones coming towards the head and if successful have a go at the one coming into its back and then the ones coming towards its tail. At the end there were no reeds left and it was a plain unnatural background. Failing that I could have leopard crawled through the mud with a sheet and placed it behind the rail.
Basically the reeds are out of focus enough from dof to still show environment but not be obtrusive.
Nuff said I think and I think that gives my views on messing too much with an image for no reason Smile
Just as well we know each others trends Smile

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 - 4:51 PM

Great shot, Richard.
Tony

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 5:41 PM

Not that's a corker Richard, natural setting and the detail is superb mate Smile Ps...NO flash just frost Wink

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4551 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 7:25 PM

Superb shot !!!....lovely quality !!!

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42310 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
2 Dec 2012 - 8:48 PM

Absolutely first class Richard - best I have ever seen of a Water Rail - normally such a shy bird. Saw a couple yesterday but moving extremely quickly from reed bed to reed bed - no chance of capturing one unfortunately. Lou

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Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
2 Dec 2012 - 9:03 PM

Excellent shot Richard. Superb detail.

Jane

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 9:17 PM

Outstanding capture Richard - immaculate plumage detail.
Brian.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 - 10:16 AM

Terrific! Well captured.

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 12:31 PM

A corker... great looking bird

Jon

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