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Where Have You Been???

Where Have You Been???
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6, Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 12:21
Viewed: 3918
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One evening I was down at my neighborhood lake and was privileged to watch this family of coots for a long time. The parents were very busy diving for food and bringing it to their two young ones, who basically sat there and made a lot of hungry noises. But once in a while, they would swim off a bit. When the parents emerged from their dives, they would look for their babies frantically. Their nervousness is understandable, as there are many black-capped night herons and great egrets at this lake, who make short shrift of the baby ducks or baby grebes there. I was particularly thrilled that these two baby coots seem to have made it (now big enough not to have to worry) because this is the first family of coots that I have seen breed at the lake. I hope they will come back next year.

American Coot
Fulica americana

Foulque d'Amérique (French)
Gallareta americana (Spanish)

Often mistaken for a duck, the American Coot is a common waterbird. Its all black body and white chicken-like beak distinguish this swimming rail from the real ducks.

All black.
Swims and dives.
White bill with black mark near tip.
Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's.
White stripe on sides of undertail.

Sex Differences:
Sexes alike.

Calls scratchy clucking noises and series of "kuk-kuk-kuk" notes.

Cool Facts:
Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck. Instead of having all the toes connected by webs, each coot toe has lobes on the sides of each segment.


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Hi ManYee,

I hope I am the one to give you a well deserved 10,000th point.
Another great sharp image to add to your fabulous gallery.


Evelynn : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-31 14:41]

Hi ManYee
What a great picture, telling the story as your notes described the situation. If birds could display relief from anxiety I am sure you could read it on mommy’s face.
A well seen and captured composition with great natural colours and excellent details. The colour of the water and the surface detail actually enhances the birds very well while it also shows the perfect balance in the exposure.
Very well done and TFS.

PS. CONGRATULATIONS with the 10,000 ManYee, may there be many more to come.

Great shot and note ManYee, good to hear the babies have made it..Anyway, they look pretty good size and healthy to me :)
Well done and TFS!

Hello Manyee,
Lovely capture of this family! You are very lucky to have these birds near home. Very nice light, good composition and excellent sharpness and details. TFS and Congratulations for your 10,000 points!

Hi Manyee,
congratulations with passing the 10,000 mark. I was already happy when I passed the 100 and the 1000 mark. I can't imagine what would happen if I pass the 10,000...I think I will be very old and bought my 5th camera.
I love your story and I can imagine how happy the parents are that their young one grow big enough to outgrow the danger of the larger birds. You note also fits perfectly with the photo. You can see the exitement of the youngster beeing back with its parents.

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