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Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
2 Dec 2012 2:28PM
Stunning good shot Richard. Looks like the Pond area came up trumps.
Ron

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Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Dec 2012 2:28PM
A terrific image of this shy and often elusive bird
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 2:29PM
I know how hard these are to get they dont often come into the open - well done Richard
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
2 Dec 2012 2:31PM
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
basith 4 7 Sri Lanka
2 Dec 2012 3:04PM
Stunning & good timing....
Well detailed.

Basith
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 3:19PM
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
fantasick photo lovely detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 3:30PM
I know how tough these are to see and get a decent photo of; Excellent work RIchard, well worth the wet feet.

David
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
2 Dec 2012 3:34PM
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
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
2 Dec 2012 3:53PM

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
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 4:51PM
Great shot, Richard.
Tony
2 Dec 2012 5:41PM
Not that's a corker Richard, natural setting and the detail is superb mate Smile Ps...NO flash just frost Wink
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 7:25PM
Superb shot !!!....lovely quality !!!
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
Excellent shot Richard. Superb detail.

Jane
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
2 Dec 2012 9:17PM
Outstanding capture Richard - immaculate plumage detail.
Brian.
3 Dec 2012 10:16AM
Terrific! Well captured.
4 Dec 2012 12:31PM
A corker... great looking bird

Jon

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