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Fighting Coots

Fighting Coots
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Copyright: christophe blouet (bloublou) (124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-11 1:27
Viewed: 3558
Points: 14
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Coots fighting, the fights seems to happen when 2 couples meet, it's not clear if it's for a territory or one of the partner trying to prevent his partner to go with another one.
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Hi Christophe!
Well executed scene of Action! Well chosen Aperture settings and good dept of field! I can feel the tension in the air!
George Veltchev

Nice shot. I made the same upon a time and it is soo hard..Black birds, with sparkly water, and even 1/800 not fast enough to freeze all the action

very well done, maybe lighten their eyes a bit to make the image more sparkling, they have such nice ruby colored eyes

Great picture of this fighting birds captured in a so interesting position.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Christophe,
Congratulations on this wonderful picture, beautiful colors and great sharpness and contrast.
Great beautiful photo
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hello Christophe

I notice this behaviour here with the American Coot.
I wonder if it is where the expression "as mad as a wet hen" comes from.LOL
Excellent timing.Very good sharpness of detail.
Nicely done.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-12 0:17]

Hello Christophe,

Perhaps not very clear but beautiful for look at.
You froze the water drops perfect, this is very important
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-29 20:26]
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Hi Christophe,

This is a great glimpse of the behaviour of Eurasian Coots. Good colours and action. Great water! I imagine that our American Coots behave similarly, but all I've ever seen is just a bunch of splashes. I've never been close enough to get a good photo. Your shot is not entirely clear, but that's understandable. I took similar shots of two male Red-winged Blackbirds fighting, but I never posted them because they weren't clear. I think that you're doing the right thing by letting us see the behaviour, even though the photo could be a bit better. TFS.


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