Water rail

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The sun has finally decided to shine timidly. If the males screech like pigs being slaughtered this female iss much too busy to attract their attention. She is raising three beautiful black chicks and offers a great show, running back and forth in search of blood worms to feed them.

Râle d’eau – – – La chance me sourit… Le soleil daigne faire une apparition et même s’il est encore assez timide sa lumière me suffit pour les clichés qui suivent.

Si les mâles poussent des cris de porc qu’on égorge (entre autres) et qui font toujours sursauter, cette dame est bien trop occupée pour attirer leur attention. Elle élève trois jolis poussins tout noirs et offre un spectacle magnifique, allant et venant à la recherche de vers de vase qui eux passent un sale quart d’heure!

La concentration est ici à son comble!

Totally absorbed by her hunt!

La taille des pattes est impressionnante…

The feet are impressive!

Dès qu’elle trouve un ver, elle courre le donner à l’un de ses petits…

As soon as she found a worm, she runs to one of her chicks…

Et repart tout aussitôt pour satisfaire les 2 autres mendiants mais à l’occasion on la voit avaler le ver si les petits ne sont pas rapidement au rendez-vous, à savoir en planque dans les joncs:

And rushes back to satisfy the 2 other beggars but occasionally, she will swallow on if they are not present, hiding among the rushes:

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Tiens donc… pour changer, un escargot d’eau douce!

Hey, this is a freshwater snail!

 

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Noushka

Passionate about Nature and photography but mostly animals and birds. I live in at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years and in the U.S. for 3 years and with Australia in mind for the future. With my husband, I created and managed a Park in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: NIKON lenses: 300 mm F/4, 80/400 mm, 500 mm, 200/500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E,

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Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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We have them in the UK but they are very shy. Only saw one at the RSPB site at Titchwell Marsh.

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Beautiful mother, gorgeous, healthy chicks