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*It´s feeding time II*

*It´s feeding time II*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-27 9:43
Viewed: 4328
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Besides the Grebe-family i found a
friendly Coot-family on my walk around the
Decksteiner Weiher with 2 adults and 4 chicks swimming
near the shore.

and of course feeding they had their feeding time too.


The Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, also known as Coot, is
a member of the rail and crake bird family, the
Rallidae. The Australian subspecies is known as the
Australian Coot.

The Coot breeds across much of the Old World on
freshwater lakes and ponds. It occurs and breeds in
Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The species has
recently expanded its range into New Zealand. 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 36-42 cm long, and is largely black except
for the white facial shield. As a swimming species,
the Coot has partial webbing on its long strong toes.

The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish
breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult black
plumage develops when about 3-4 months old, but the
white shield is only fully developed at about one year

This is a noisy bird with a wide repertoire of
crackling, explosive, or trumpeting calls, often given
at night.

This species builds a nest of dead reeds and grasses
near the water's edge or on underwater obstacles
protruding from the water, laying up to 10 eggs,
though usually only 3 survive because of the parents
brutal behaviour.

Coots can be very brutal to their own young under
pressure such as the lack of food. They will bite
young that are begging for food and repeatedly do this
until it stops begging and starves to death. But if
the begging keeps going, then they may even bite so
hard that the chick is killed.

The Coot is an omnivore, and will take a variety of
small live prey including the eggs of other water
birds, as well as algae, vegetation, seeds and fruit.
It shows considerable variation in its feeding
techniques, grazing on land or in the water. In the
water it may upend in the fashion of a Mallard or dive
in search of food.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Coot]


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  • Great 
  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-06-27 10:02]

Hello Thorsten.
Accurate contrast and exposure.
I like the colour and framing too.
Great work.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-27 10:10]

Hello Thor,
What a great capture!
I have seen a coot chick only once in my life,
and I thought it was the funniest-looking little baby I had ever seen...
sort of the kind only a mother could love.
Actually I think it was my very first post to TN many years ago. : )
The pose and POV are outstanding... as is the sharpness.
And I really admire the range of values you were able to bring out in the black plumage of the mother coot. Fantastic lighting.
TFS. : )

Hi Thorsten,
A nice capture of this beautiful Coot bird and its baby. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

lovely picture. the feeding behaviour is nicely portrayed! tfs!

Hi Thorsten
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-27 13:38]

Hi Thorsten . Once again you have captured a nice moment with the parent feeding its young. The young look so odd till they grow their main feathers. You have good detail and colours in the featehrs. well done TFS.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-27 13:41]

Hello Thorsten,
Beautiful cristal clear photo in great sharp details. Excellent POV and composition.

  • Great 
  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-27 14:13]

Hello Thorsten !

Splendid Makro.
Licht, Farbe, Kontrast ... perfekt!
Ein schönes Wochenende,

Hello Thorsten.
a fantastic picture of the Eurasian Coot, you nhave captured a splendid scene with very good sharpness and brilliant colours, POV and composition are excellent.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-27 16:18]

Hi Thor,

This is a gem! I have never seen a water bird feeding its young before. You captured the moment perfectly. Both parent and baby are wonderful with excellent colors and details. The little one is adorable as he eagerly takes what is offered him. The feet underwater are fascinating.


hello Thorsten
beautiful moment very well presented,very fine capture

Hi Thorsten
Great shor, sharp and elegant. First of all fantastic moment. Also nice POV and good exposure on white

Hello Thor,
Lovely moment. Perfect timing to get this scene. TFS.

Hello Thorsten,

Great capture,excellent moment.
Beautiful colours with fantastic detail.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good note.

Hallo Thorsten
Wunderschönes Bild von dieser Mutter Blässhuhn die ihr youngs futtert, das Bild ist Nadelscharf und die farben sind leuchtend schön hauptsächlich die federn auf dem Rücken die glänzen unter dem Sonnenlicht, mir gefällt die zärtliche Szene, das schön blaue Wasser und grosse Komposition
Eine gute Nacht

Hello Thorsten,

Now that's a good one!
A cute situation and the moment is well captured, the little one looks like he is right out of the egg hehehe...
The scene is well framed, colours & details can't get any better!

Pablo -

Wonderful interaction captured Thorsten, I like it.
Nicely managed exposure with great details, colors, and POV :)
Well done!

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-04 12:43]

Hello Thorsten,
Excellent close capture of Mother Coot feeding her young! Great focus and sharpness and beautiful natural colours. The young ones are not exactly beautiful but one can't stop admiring them even so! :-)
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello thorsten!
A great situation you capture
here with real good sharpness
well done!

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