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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 500D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, UV 390 (O-Haze) M58 (IV)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-09 10:35
Viewed: 3480
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2 fresh coot youngsters and their mom/dad i "found"
today on the next door pond.

The Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, also known as Coot,
is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the
Rallidae. The Australian subspecies is known as the
Australian Coot.

The Coot breeds across much of the Old World on
freshwater lakes and ponds. It occurs and breeds in
Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The species has
recently expanded its range into New Zealand. It is
resident in the milder parts of its range, but
migrates further south and west from much of Asia in
winter as the waters freeze.

The Coot is 36–42 cm long, and is largely black except
for the white facial shield (which gave rise to the
phrase "as bald as a coot", which the Oxford English
Dictionary cites in use as early as 1430). As a
swimming species, the Coot has partial webbing on its
long strong toes.

The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish
breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult black
plumage develops when about 3–4 months old, but the
white shield is only fully developed at about one year

This is a noisy bird with a wide repertoire of
crackling, explosive, or trumpeting calls, often given
at night.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Coot]

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Hi Thorsten,
das ist aber schön Dich mal wieder hier anzutreffen - und gleich mit diesem wundervollen Muttertagsbild. Sie die Jungen wirklich so rot um den Kopf herum, hab' ich noch nie gesehen.
Ein toller Moment, die Küken hängen förmlich an der Mami und es sieht aus als würden sie ihr lauschen.
Danke und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Thor
great sharpness and gooddetails
beautiful colours
very ice shot
greeting lou

Superb colors.
Excellent focusing.
Right timing!!!
Mario with BRAVOS for you in Canada.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-15 19:39]

Hello Thorsten,
Superb image with lots of ahhhh power. The details and colours are spot on and the composition is excellent. Great work Thorsten.

Hello Thorsten,
a very beautiful capture of the Eurasian Coot, i like this lovely scene with the chicks, very good sharpness and splendid colours, a very nice composition with beautiful reflections, i also like to take photographs of this species.
Best regards

superb shot , lovely birds

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-26 18:15]

Fine photography. I like especially the transparency of water.
Well controlled exposure and well chosen composition.

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