Water Rail in Cornwall

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Swanpool Local Nature Reserve must be one of the few places in Cornwall where you have a reasonable chance of getting a photograph of a Water Rail.

They are normally not the easiest of British birds to photograph because they seem to spend their whole life skulking in reed beds.

Consequently if you do get a glimpse, it’s more often than not partially obscured by reeds. Either that or the light is too poor to freeze a shot.

However, the Water Rails here appear to be becoming less timid and accepting the presence of people feeding the other waterfowl.

One of the two I photographed this morning was feeding on leftover bread on the edge of the reed beds.

Light was as ever a problem and I was forced to shoot at a ISO speed of 800 to get an acceptable shutter speed.

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