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American Coot

American Coot
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-25 14:28
Viewed: 3973
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture last weekend in Hamilton - Lake Ontario

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.

Other Names
Foulque d'Am鲩que (French)
Gallareta americana (Spanish)

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This is a nice capture of a friendly little Coot . It is hard to get detail of these birds because they are black . We have hundreds of them on our ponds , and my daughters love to watch them . TFS , Kevin .

Excellent shot! well done on the colour and detail...such a great focus and work....

Hi Mario,
this is a fine looking capture and that red eye really shines as the focal point of this well executed shot.The light in this photo is simply superb and thank you for sharing this red eyed wonder. Bob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-26 0:00]

Hi Mario

Great POV with good detail and nice reflection.



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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-29 7:19]

Hi Mario, a very nice pov on this Coot. Great exposure on the black and good light on the eyes and super reflection. Lovely detail on the feathers and all nice and sharp. Great work.

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