Moorhen, a member of the Rallidae, the Rails and Crakes.  This family is often secretive, in densely vegetated watersides etc, and the Moorhen itself usually frequents fresh waters with dense fringing vegetation – but here in the artificial environments of the city center, one walks out boldly along the masonry at the river’s edge, more or less used to passersby, and perhaps looking for leftover scraps of their food.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 3200 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Astia/Soft profile; central Bristol; 2 Feb 2018.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

16 Responses to BIRDS 128 – MOORHEN

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Related to the rails, which are always SO hard to see, but also making me think of coots, with that shape, and gallinules. Love the big feet. 🙂


  2. I like how you’ve caught his foot in movement. That takes the photo out of the typical wildlife shot.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, that blurred foot, pure luck! I can’t remember the details now, but I recently read about a famous photographer saying that her guardian angel is the angel of luck, and I go along with that. 🙂


  3. Sonali Dalal says:

    Quite common here in my part of India! Though they are slightly more purpulish.


  4. High-stepper with furtive face.


  5. Great capture of a Moorhen and his crazy feet, Adrian. I’ve been startled by one lurching out of the dense fringe you describe and zooming across the water many times. I’m surprised they would take up residence in your city center.


  6. paula graham says:

    Typical moorhen moment


  7. Handsome high-stepper, Adrian.


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