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Uploaded 2-May-12
Taken 29-Apr-12

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Keywords:Sorrento, birds, black gallinule, common moorhen
Photo Info

Dimensions1440 x 960
Original file size390 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken29-Apr-12 09:03
Date modified29-Apr-12 17:12
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D
Focal length700 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/200 at f/11
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern
Moorhen Feeding Young Chick

Moorhen Feeding Young Chick

Seeing this moorhen feeding her single chick brought to mind the high mortality rates for these birds. A clutch is usually up to a dozen or so, but this appeared to be the only survivor.

Their huge legs and feet develop very fast so that they can get out of the nest quickly, but it takes a lot longer for the wings to develop enough for flight. For that reason, they tend to stay in cover along the water's edge, so I was fortunate to get this shot of the adult as he/she fed the chick.