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Black Crake Reflections

By accipiter  
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature Black Crake Flight Habitat Zimbabwe

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Trev_B 11 151 68 England
27 Jan 2013 9:22AM
A nice pair of reflective shots Arthur.


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27 Jan 2013 10:03AM
What a wonderful set of images! Lovely to see them.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jan 2013 10:46AM
What a cracking capture, Arthur. Carol
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 11:10AM
Delightful image Arthur

Thanks for sharing

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jan 2013 11:22AM
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.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Jan 2013 12:37PM
V1 has been well caught. With V2 there appears to be a line through the middle as if you have PS the reflection.
27 Jan 2013 12:49PM
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
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
27 Jan 2013 1:06PM
Amazing reflection in V1. Looks like one is flying upside down......Sandy
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
27 Jan 2013 2:21PM
These are two great images Smile Great creations Arthur SmileGrin
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
27 Jan 2013 2:33PM
Superb reflection in v1

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
27 Jan 2013 3:06PM
Two excellent images Arthur. These are perfectly timed and show remarkable reflections. Top class.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 3:34PM
Love V1 but both very good captures
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Jan 2013 3:59PM
The reflections are marvelous-- a splendid pair!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 6:39PM
Wonderful set here.

27 Jan 2013 9:18PM
Superb reflections,both great captures..Lin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Jan 2013 11:21PM
Two fantastic inflight captures with brilliant reflections. V1 is top drawer
abeeror2 5 23 Australia
29 Jan 2013 1:51AM
That is a big Wow from me!SmileSmileSmile
xwang 9 56 8
4 Feb 2013 9:06AM
How amazing! Excellently captured image.Smile
2 Mar 2013 9:35AM
Excellent take.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 8:39AM
Amazing shot. Great reflection. paul

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