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Fulica atra

Fulica atra
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Copyright: Mustafa Sozen (spalaxtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 8 N: 1352] (5868)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L Ĝ77
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 6:26
Viewed: 3667
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fulica atra (TUR: Sakar meke, ENG: Eurasian Coot): One of the most abundant water bird around this area.

Today morning I went to Zonguldak port to check birds, and hope to see especially ducks. However I saw only these coots, Crested Grebe, Gulls and Cormorants. No meter how, I did not have a good photo of Eurasian Coot and take this photo. I hope you like.

The Coot breeds across much of the Old World on freshwater lakes and ponds. 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 much less secretive than most of the rail family, and can be seen swimming on open water or walking across waterside grasslands. It is an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Mustafa,
Beautiful capture of this bird. Superb clarity and details. The muddy feet and probably web feet looks like a duck around here.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-13 7:38]

Hello Mustafa,
I like this image of the coot. Ain the end a fine picture of a coot.


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-13 7:41]

Hi Mustafa!,

This Coot sure look like a duck to me.
Good exposure of this black plumage.
Sharp focus with your canon lens event wide open aperture.


Hello Mustafa
The coot is a lovely water bird with a seemingly comical behaviour at times!!
Your picture here is really sharp and demonstrates theit walk which almost seems as though they dont want to get thier feet wet!!
Best Regards

Hello Mustafa,
nice picrure wiht good exposure, the detail in the dark plumage are well seen and really like the low POV.
Good sharpness and well composed.
Well done.

Merhaba Mustafa Bey,
You've got a perfect shot of a departing coot against a nice bluish BG, the details of the plumage are astounding. TFS.

sandık boşaldı diyordun. bir yandan da ardarda güzel çekimler. kışın soğuğu sana yaradı galiba. eline sağlık.

Hello Mustafa,
Very difficult subject to photograph due to its whites and blacks. You managed well though.
Excellent depth of field as well.

bendeki sakarmeke de kaçıyor hocam :(
sayılarının artmasına rağmen avlanmadan mı korkuyorlar ki ...
ellerinize sağlık

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