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Making waves

Making waves
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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: 2005-12-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 90-300/f4.5-5.6, Kingston CF 1GB, Hama sky 1A (LA+10) (IV) 58mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-16 13:57
Viewed: 4444
Points: 6
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Coot (Fulica atra).

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), or just Coot, is a
member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae.

It breeds across much of the Old World on freshwater
lakes and ponds. 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 much less secretive than most of the rail
family, and can be seen swimming on open water or
walking across waterside grasslands. It is an
aggressive species, and strongly territorial during
the breeding season.

It is reluctant to fly and when taking off runs across
the water surface with much splashing. They do the
same, but without actually flying, when travelling a
short distance at speed (to escape a rival, for
example, or to dispute possession of a choice morsel).
As with many rails, its weak flight does not inspire
confidence, but on migration, usually at night, it can
cover surprisingly large distances. It bobs its head
as it swims, and makes short dives from a little jump.

It is largely black except for the white facial shield
(which gave rise to the phrase "as bald as a coot").
As a swimming species, the Coot has partial webbing on
its long strong toes. (See illustration below.) 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
old, some time later. The bird in the photo (right) is
an immature at this stage, about 4-10 months old.

This species builds a nest of dead reeds near the
water's edge, laying up to 10 eggs.

The Coot is an omnivore, and will take a variety of
small live prey including the eggs of other water

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


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-02-16 14:13]

Hi Thorsten
Nice action shot of this little wave maker with very interesting effects caused by the freeze frame on the water. Had it mastered the art of body surfing or did it just come in for the landing?
Nice composition and well timed. Good DOF and exposure. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-16 14:56]

Hello Thorsten , very apart piture from the birt on the water nice effect nice compositie ,
good job thanks Teunie .

Nice shot, Thorsten! I like the sense of movement here, and the bubbles created by this movement. Very nice work!

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