Bathing Buff-banded Rail

ANIMAL PORTRAIT

I love the droplets of water and movement in this shot. This Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) was one of many that descended into my garden after having never been recorded previously in the area. I am intrigued at the ever-changing fluctuations of birdlife – a new species appears in an area, while others vanish.
Shallow wetland on Torquay bush block, Victoria
Canon EOS 450D, Canon 400mm lens, 1/30, f5.6, ISO 500, monopod

by David Pace, Victoria