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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-20 12:39
Viewed: 2542
Points: 16
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

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Buna Razvan,
Faina imagine cu aceasta lisita care se chinuie sa scape de algele prinse de picior.
Un contrast perfect cu fundalul si claritate excelenta.
Un weekend placut!

Hello Razvan,
I always thought that the peak as white (and constrantig with dark plumage) makes this bird a difficult subject to photograph. You've managed very well to achieve excellent exposure and details very nice. Good job. Have a good Sunday, TFS
Regards, Jesús

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-20 18:44]

Hello Razvan,
An attractive shot of this Coot taken from a nice low POV. Wonderful sharpness and beautiful coloration. Black is always a hard one for me when it comes to getting the proper exposure, but you did a fine job in this instance. Well done!!

Amazing capture Razvan. I love the low point of view, the perfect detail under this fine afternoon light, the mud in the leg of the walking bird and the perfect composition. Bravo Razvan, a first class shot indeed!!!

George Veltchev

I can't recall ever seeing one of those, thanks for sharing and the info as well

Ciao Razvan. Very good details for the cute bird. Itrigant tones from the environment.


Buna Razvan,
Bine surprinsa aceasta lisita in mediul ei natural. Lumina si claritatea imi plac imi mod deosebit.
Numai bine,

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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