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Water Runner!

Water Runner!
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -6- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 4:41
Viewed: 4531
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The continued wintery weather has made me delve into my archives and I have found this shot taken on Mallorca last spring.

Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
Swedish name: Kamsothöna, meaning ‘combed coot’

Has been shown a few times on TN

The Red-knobbed Coot is quite common in parts of Southern Africa and occurs also less commonly in S. Spain and N. Morocco. It was reintroduced on Mallorca after it had become extinct and this female is part of the re-introduction programme in the national park of Albufeira.
Here she is chasing off an intruding duck while watching over her brood of chicks.

When it has to travel fast over short distances the relatively short wings expend much energy to fly but work well together with the running action of the legs on the surface of the water.
Both Common Coots and Moorhens do the same as they have short wings and large feet too.

This species is omnivorous and normally quite shy, shyer than its relative the Common Coot. It also sounds quite different.

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 12 meters (40 ft). The two blood-red knobs on the head only show during the breeding season and this shows small red blobs on the top of her head.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-09 4:46]

Hello Argus,
Vad vi erbjuder dagens fångst!
Splendid detaljrikedom och klarhet. Och när jag tänker på hur svårt det är att fånga något ... Alltid en rörlig bild, och i synnerhet med fåglar är svårt. Men du gjorde det bra, grattis.
En underbar dag,

Hello Ivan

Wonderful timeing
Good shot



Dear Ivan,
I intended to savour your work and choose at leisure. But the photo, which you just uploaded is so breathtaking in the real sens of the word! This poor bird working so hard with the centre of gravity retaining it to earth. We all know, how hard it is to run fast in shallow water, splashing along...

The feet in the air remind me a bicycle rider pushing hard to get up a steep hill!

The water drops in the air near the front foot emphasise the big splash created by the back foot.

A wonderful study of parental care for the offspring.

I wish you a warm evening,
kind regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-09 5:01]

Hi Ivan
Wonderful shot!
What a great water runner this lovely bird!
Congratulation my friend is a beautiful capture!

Hi Ivan!

What a truly amazing action shot!
The 1/1000sec gives perfect fixation of the moment, the bird is all the way sharp! Still the exposure is perfect. You made a great job, TFS!

Best regards,

Ciao Ivan. Great capture.Details and lights are perfetc. In the best dynamic shot.


hello Ivan

great action shot of the Red-knobbed Coot, superb timing
from you to shoot it in photo in that action & the 2 feets
are not touching the water, very fine low POV to be at the level
of the action, i love that it is not close and you leaved a free
space in front the bird, because like this there is more impact
in the image to see and imagine the bird running, TFS


Hello Ivan,
a fantastic capture of the Red-knobbed Coot taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness and great timing in a spectacular running posture, very beautiful colours.
Best regards

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-09 5:33]

Hello Argus,

Wonderful moment excellent the good place for take these nice picture.
Excellent captured, also lovely positioned.
Splendid detailed good color
Nice composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Warmest regards,

Ciao Ivan, fantastic action shoot, great timing, wonderful colors, splendid natural ambientation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-09 6:01]

Hello Ivan,
Great photo in a perfect timing. Sharpness and details are impressive. Beautiful natural colours. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. The red knob is a nice bonus.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-09 6:47]

Hi Ivan,
wow...what an action oriented shot. I like the frozen splashes of water. The moment is well capture with high skills.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-09 7:02]

Wow! That's called great timing. Excellent one and wonderful too. tfs.

Hi dear Ivan ,
What a nice work at wonderful moment.
Great details.
Well captured

Best wishes

Salam Ivan,

A great action shot with lovely colors, fine details & setting. Well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Hi Ivan.
Great image with interesting subject.
Perfect capture.Congratulations.
Best greetings.Alin.

hello Ivan
super sharpness picture with good details
beautiful colours
nice moment to see this bird flying and make a good picture than
greeting lou

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-09 9:19]

Hello Ivan
Excellent capture with great action, perfect focus and natural colors

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-09 10:27]

Hi Ivan,
Funny capture.I liked POV,timing
and composition a lot.Very well
done!Thanks for posting..

Hello Ivan,
This is a picture of action which are added a number of fascinating elements. Since the form in which the water is frozen and is projected on the photo. Also the pose of the bird is totally unusual. Very good job, really is full of movement.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-09 11:12]

Interesante momento Ivan,
escena de gran calidad,
buena nitidez y detalles.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-02-09 12:20]

Very nice photo of this interesting Bird species, TFS!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-09 12:25]

Hi Ivan. I think this would have not stayed in my archives so long. This is a first class picture of the Red-knobbed Coot . You have captured it with such good detail and bright colours. With very good timing on your part. TFs.

Hi Ivan. Great action capture! Details, colurs, background and composition are wonderful.
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-09 13:40]

Hello Ivan.
Excellent image whit great POV.Very sharp image and great details.It is a very nice compostition whit beautiful colors.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
Lovely shot of this runner:) Funny shot. Great one!
TFS and regards,

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-09 15:15]

hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot! fantastic time, great focus,excellent position!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-09 16:07]

Hi Ivan,

You froze this Coot perfectly in an amazing position. The head and wings are fantastic with the finest of details and wonderful colors. I can just hear the foot hitting the water and making that tremendous splash.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-09 18:46]

Hi Ivan,
What a great capture. Excellent timing.
I have seen coots do this (running on water) many times, but have never been quick enough to catch them, so I really appreciate your success.
Lots of action with the wing positions and the splashing water.
Look at that stride of the legs. : )
TFS such a fun photo.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-09 22:58]

Hello Ivan

Superb timing and composition - an excellent shot - why did you keep it hidden so long? :)

Best wishes


Hej again MF Ivan,

Superb and amusing action capture of this great runner:)
Wonderful exposure and DOF control.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-10 14:39]

Merhaba Ivan,
harika bir aksiyon fotoğrafı olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

Hello Ivan
you have captured a great moment of this Coot running over the warter, i am very impresssed of his large feet
very sharp shot, beautiful sunlight and colors
Have a good night

Hi Ivan.

this is really nice archive capturing the Coot in full action. The splashing trail is so beautiful with details around the wing area. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Dynamic picture with excellent sharpness.
Hello Vanni

congratulations this is one of the pictures I would like to take.
and a great light on top of it, and I know it's hard to get correct exposure with those black coots.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-06 18:08]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic action in this splendid image of the takeoff run of this coot. The image is up to your excellent standards. Great work Ivan, thank you.

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