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Fulica atra - Sakarmeke (Coot)

Fulica atra - Sakarmeke (Coot)
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/6400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like), Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-30 16:11
Viewed: 5619
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
She was angry. But I dont know why that?
Maybe she'd like to introduce herself on TN.
Fulica atra Linnaeus, 1758 – Sakarmeke [TR], Eurasian Coot or Coot [EN] is the most common waterfowl in Turkiye. They form usually a large colonies of several thousands or more in water surface both inland water and sea.
Its lenght is about 35-40 cm. Adult is dark colored except for white facial shield and yellow-greenish legs. It can be recognized easily by this colors.
It has partial webbing on its long strong toes. It can walk on swamp with these lobbed feet.

F. atra is a member of the family Rallidae, resptesented by eight species in Turkiye.
** Rallus aquaticus – Su Kılavuzu (Water Rail)
** Porzana porzana – Benekli Suyelvesi (Spotted Crake)
** Porzana parva – Bataklık Suyelvesi (Little Crake)
** Porzana pusilla – Küçük Suyelvesi (Baillon's Crake)
** Crex crex – Bıldırcınkılavuzu (Corncrake)
** Gallinula chloropus – Sutavuğu, Saztavuğu (Moorhen)
** Porphyrio porphyrio – Sazhorozu (Purple Gallinule)
** Fulica atra – Sakarmeke (Coot)

The post was taken in Hafik Gölü (Lake) near Hafik District of Sivas Province. I posted previously photo of Netta rufina - Macar Ördeği [TR], Red-Crested Pochard [EN] from same lake. As I noted in this post, The photo was taken in Hafik Lake, one of the KeyBiodiversty Areas [KBA] of Turkiye. The local people protect it very well.

Dedicated to all people who protect and like nature.

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  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-30 21:58]

Hello Ahmet,
I don't have much time today, only to make a quick point
You got a fantastic shot, wonderful presentation.. Well
done my friend..


Dr güzel bir sakarmeke. Biraz obur sanki. Yemeği gagasına yakılmış. Güzel kömpozisyon ve güzel not. Selamlar. Mustafa

slm hocam
çok güzel bir tür çekmişsin netlik ve parlaklık güzel olmuş ellerine sağlık

Merhaba my dear friend Ahmet!
good clarity on this angry Coot with excellent low pov!
very good notes to understanding this bird!
have a great sunday, Ahmet!

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of this waterfowl. Very nice details and composition with beautiful ripples on water. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-01 2:53]

Hello Ahmet,
good capture of this angry Coot.
Great composition using the Rule of Thirds well.
Sharp with excellent clarity.
I like the pose :)
Well done,

Hello Amhet,

We have them here as well, not sure about the difference between our species because they are not common here and I don't see them often. I have a few pictures of them but not really well. I like the expression you captured in this nice POV and composition with good control on exposure. Thanks,


What a funny looking pose.
Probably just sounding the alarm.
Tricky shot with that stark contrast on the head,but details are good with catchlight in the eye too.
Nice composition.

Ahmet merhaba , dramatik bir foto olmuş , verdiğin bilgiler çok yararlı , eline sağlık .

Arkadaşım, enteresan bir resim olmuş, kuşun birşeylere bozulduğu kesin! Buna ramen bakışıyla kompozisyona katkıda bulunmuş.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-01 17:22]

Hello Ahmet

The colours are deep and rich in this shot,the eye detail and colour is wonderful.
The lovely lighting is also producing excellent reflections in the water,I like the rippled effect too.
Nicely placed in the frame.


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-01 22:33]

Hello Ahmet,
Nice capture of a Coot in an aggressive posture. Excellent lighting, sharpness and POV in a pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing this and best wishes,

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-02 4:36]

Hello Ahmet,
I like these common birds, they're easy enough to get near and its fun to watch their behaviour. I don't suppose this one liked being photographed!! Beautiful blue water and a fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-17 10:31]
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merhaba ahmet
bu sevimli kuslar hic terketmediler bizim buralari; otus anini iyi yakalamissin
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, renkler ve bilgiler doyurucu
eline saglik

Salam Ahmet. Nice capture of this coot with open beak. The reflection and detail of the bird is stunning here. Thanks for sharing and best regards from Malaysia. Jusni

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