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American Coot (Fulica americana)

American Coot (Fulica americana)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 19:33
Viewed: 3304
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot while at Radnor State Park near Nashville Tennessee. It was the second day of January but the temperature was in the mid 60's.

There were many different kinds of ducks out on the lake this particular day, but only a few that were close enough to shore to get any good photos of.

The American Coot (Fulica americana) is a bird of the family Rallidae, inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies. About 16 inches (40 cm) in length and weighing 1.4 lb (0.65 kg), adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield, which usually has a reddish-brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes. From up close, a dark band can be distinguished at the billtip. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. Their legs are yellowish, with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet. Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak, and orange plumes around the neck. The call is a high-pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a goose's but more hollow sounding

Information from: Wikipedia (online encyclopedia)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-13 20:58]

Hello Ron,
A delightful capture Ron, you have obtained great plumage detail which is difficult in this species. The red eye and the feet under the water are great additions to this nice image. Thank you Ron

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-13 21:21]

Hallo Ron,

You have made a fine photo of this bird. The light you have chosen was very good so that plumage is seen in great details. You have rendered many color tones despite the even color of the bird. Bird's reflected image looks very nice too.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-14 3:53]

Hi Ron
Nice capture. I like very much. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Ron,

Another nice bird portrait, good and sharp, nice composition. The dark water and dark-colored bird appear to have fooled the exposure system though, as the bill is overexposed. That's a case where you want to override the camera and knock off an f/stop or two to get the proper exposure.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-14 14:09]

Hi Ron,

A beautiful capture of this American Coot. I love the colors and shadings of the feathers, the red eye and the yellow leg. The water looks so calm with only the ripples made by the bird. The reflection and composition are excellent.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-15 10:55]

Hello Ron,
A very familiar face! Great POV of this Coot, the plumage is
very sharp and under the right light is very beautiful.. Well done


Very nicely done! I like the smoothness when looking at this one. I also has a very nice color to it and a great reflection. A wonderful capture of this! Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Hello Ron.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Beatiful reflection.

jose Luis.

Clear and sharp picture, with excellent reflection. Congratulations!

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