Common Moorhen

One of the few duck species noted at the Venice Rookery was the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). A coot-like bird, this “common” bird is quite colorful as an adult … with a thick bill and frontal shield that usually is red and yellow, and sometimes all yellow. This bird tends to be a bit shy, but patience won out and eventually I was able to photograph one:

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

When I feature some of the birds I found in the Everglades, I’ll have some nice images of one of the Moorhen’s “cousins”, the Purple Gallinule.

Photography Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF500mm, f/4 IS lens
  • Gitzo 1258-LVL carbon fiber tripod, with Wemberly gimball head
  • ISO 800 (top photo) and 400 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/9 (both)
  • Shutter 1/320 sec. (top photo) and 1/1250 sec. (bottom photo)

 

 

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