Not sure why they're called that as they don't seem to live on moors nor look much like hens, but perhaps times have changed
From last weekend's brief trip out with a camera, shot on a mucky branch of the Thames at Maidenhead.
Moorhen Mum: "I'm sure we need another twig for the nest, plenty to choose from here"
Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR: 1/350s f/8 at 300mm iso800
Moorhen adolescent, probably from the first brood of the season
Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR: 1/750s f/8 at 300mm iso800
Moorhen (new) chick: "I'm just not comfortable"
Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR: 1/750s f/5.6 at 300mm iso800
Moorhen chick: "Good grief, what BIG feet I have" (and little wings)
Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR: 1/1000s f/5.6 at 300mm iso800
As you can see, the lighting was a bit contrasty! I exposed for the subject and tended to let the background go over (but not blown), with a view to bringing it back down in PP - not sure I like it - what say you?
I'm not entirely happy with the PP, still getting to grips with new monitor and ACR + Elements with all my normal default settings missing.
Regarding shooting fopars: getting there earlier in the day would have given better sun angle and having more time would have allowed better 'poses'.
C&C welcome, thanks