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Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the Air!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma AF 100-300/f4.0 EX APO
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 - 60 points (chapter two) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-06 13:52
Viewed: 3832
Points: 53
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautiful Coot was taken at the wetlandarea called "Streekbos" and it's only on a 10 minute walk from my house. There is an ecological zone which is closed for dogs and noisy kids. Almost noone bothers to go there and it's always nice and quiet. It is there where I took this photo with my new Sigma lens. I consider myself very lucky to have such a very nice area in close proximity. This Coot is obviously nesting and I hope to photograph her offspring in the next month.

General information: Coot - Fulica atra

Found over most of Europe and the temperate parts of Australia, Asia and Japan. Length 38 - 45cm (15 - 18inch) it inhabits overgrown still or stagnant water, building a nest on the surface or at the margins from vegetation such as rush stems, sedge Etc, often with a connecting 'bridge'.

Female ♀ lays 6 - 10 mauve coloured black spotted eggs which hatch in 22 days. After 8 weeks the chicks are self-suficient. The male ♂ and Female ♀ are black, with a white beak and a white plate on the forehead. They have ruby-red eyes. They feed on small aquatic animals, seeds and plants. The chicks are darkbrown with a white throat and white parts, the beak is yellow and they have no plate.

Hit me where it hurts! I have got the right equipment now, so no need to be nice! I have no excuses whatsoever. Seriously: write what you think. I can use the lesson. Thank you!

Shutter Speed: 1/800
F-stop: f/4
Focal length: 300mm

carper, Fisher, Runnerduck, elroyie, Janice, red45, Lesley, wideload, PDP, marhowie, Luc, ellis49, rlortie, TAZ, hummingbird24, liquidsunshine, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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To flagman: Hehehe!sAner 1 08-19 07:32
CootPDP 6 04-07 15:33
To Callie: I agree!sAner 1 04-07 07:04
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-04-06 13:58]

Mooie foto van deze waterkip Pieter,
Mooi dat rode oogje als super detail, mooie pof, goede compositie, goede foto,
gr, Jaap

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-06 14:16]

The 350D seems pretty god. Now, no excuses. Very cute coot. Nice details of the feathers and nest. The red eye is brilliant. The photo would have been perfect without the branch in front but it would have seemed as natural. Well done.
Regards Toni.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-06 14:28]

Very Coot, oops cute.
Excelent capture and well done on this composition. Not easy to shoot out in the wild. Branches everywhere, when you move, it might scare him/her off, so, you take what you can get.
You did well with this one.
I'm not sure of the O.E. on front of head and Pink bill, digital flaw? It's been my debate for awhile.
Excelent work, Pieter.


Great shot Pieter. It is not easy with the black body and bright sunshine. We have some coots around too, and i see nests all around..

Well done

Halo Pieter!
great red eye! I would like to have the same ;-)
Good job!

A fantastic shot of this brooding coot. You have captured the black and white superbly.
It's a shame the babies won't be as attractive as their Mother!
Very well done and thanks for posting.

Very nice capture. Very sharp with nice colour.
The white is not over exposed. Good job. Is very hard to take cots without over exposure on the white part.

Very good captute of this cute Coot :)
Very good exposure and quality, the branches on the fron are little bit distracting but bearable.
You said that you took this picture with your new sigma and in the details you wrote 28-135 Canon by mistake.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-06 16:34]

Love the camera Pieter. You're gonna enjoy using it. Good shot! The black feathers are a bit hard to see in the shade from the reeds, but hse's nicely tucked away there. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos like this now. And a duck or two as well!
Cheers, Janice

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-06 17:12]

Beautifully done, Pieter. You have captured a lot of detail in the black but maintained good balance in the exposure in the rst of the image. Very well done!

This is very nice Pieter.
Well controlled exposure especially with the bright sun, good detail in both the black and white. Very well taken.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-06 17:45]

Very, very good Pieter. You've managed difficult bird to photogrpah very well. The whites look good and you've got a great view of the eye. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-06 19:09]

Personal assessment of the photo: great. I especially like the Pov here.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Pieter.

Great shot Pieter.
B/W birds are not easy to exposure right, but you handle the exposure wery good. Very good details in the black plumage.
Good composition and colours.The brances show how the Coot hide in the environs. The Sigma works fine.
Great work, my friend.

Hello Pieter, I agree with Pauls comments 100%. Great job on this man!!

You certainly made very good use of your new equipment Pieter. Fine details in the feathers, eye is perfectly seen. Very well caught.

Hi Pieter
Mooi Bleshoender, the exposure on the plumage is well done. Even the white on the bill is not bad. The time of day was a bit against you, s 81A filter couold have helped to improve the overall lighting. Good in the environment pic,, but I would have liked to see a bit more space in front of the bill. Nothing one can do about the the reeds cutting thru' the boby. unless you wait til he moves his butt.

Nice shot, very good exposure. Good details and POV.
Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-07 15:49]

Beware of red eye :-) Nice shot of this coot Pieter. 350D works very well with you :-) Excellent details on feathers. TFS!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-08 1:03]

Belle et intéressante composition pour cette Foulque sur son nid. Bonnes couleurs et netteté.
Very well done !

To my eye there is nothing wrong with this image. I take into account the color of the coot, and the lighting, so I believe that you have done well in this posting. Good work, and thank you. Will be looking forward to some baby coots?

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-09 16:14]

Pieter, nice contrast and pov here. I like composition and sharpness too.

A great job.

Greta shot Pieter,
You've got the exposure perfect, the details are excellent and sharp.
You'll be taking some great pics with your new Camera, and I am really looking forward to seeing them.
Thanks for posting.

Such a nice photo of the coot, Pieter. I find them very hard to expose correctly. I always burn the white part. Well done on this capture.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-18 20:58]

These are one of the most difficult bird to get good exposure on and you did just that - I take my hat off to you.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-27 7:29]

Beautifull capture of Coot, the black and white are superb, nice composition. Rasorsharp details i like the red eye !

You did a great work Pieter,



It's a fine specimen and you've captured it well. I know you like me to pick fault so I will....You should, of course, have found a POV whare the reeds weren't in the way, I'm sure you did try, but I thought I'd mention it. Oh, and the bottom of the bird looks a bit black to me ;) :D
Will I see any new posts to critique?

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