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Pukeko Mother and Chick

Pukeko Mother and Chick
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 2, Interacting birds, Family Matters 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 2:35
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Pukeko Mother and Chick

Here you can the the Mother Pukeko holding bread in her claws and feeding small pieces to her baby. The Mother is very attentive and takes great care of her young.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:19 a.m.
Date: 14th June 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 142mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

dew77, TAZ, osman123, red45, AndyB, chiliu, sAner, Comandante, Fisher, hummingbird24, LordPotty, naki, bedford67, PDP, liquidsunshine, Signal-Womb, gerhardt, sway has marked this note useful
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To sAner: You are experiencing autumn, right?coasties 1 06-29 06:31
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What an interesting bird, I've never seen or heard of it before, so your note and photo are wonderful. The colors are so sharp and clear, the focus great, well done. Thanks for educating me about this creature!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-29 3:24]

Hello Pam!
Mother and chick,wonderful scane.Details,colors,lighting especially composition is perfect.Excellent work!Into my favr.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-29 4:11]

This is an early chick isn't it Pam? Don't they know that it is only winter? Lovely mother-child shot, very beautiful to see. The chick looks as big as mama's foot too. Well done, thank you.

They look very similar to our Moorhens, of which I have loads of shots, but none as good as this....Top Marks!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-29 4:36]

Great scene Pam. I like name - Pukeko sounds great. And look at your picture - looks like dinosaurus with feathers ;-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-29 4:41]

Hello Pam,
A great moment you've capture here!
I've never seen this bird before and the chick is so cute.
Great colours and nice sharp detail.
Very well done.


Great captured of this lovely photo!
Perfect composition ,very well exposure.

Hi Pam!
:-))) this is great and funny situation. You have an good eye for it!

Pose is excellent, good work, Very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:21]
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Hi Pam,

This is a lovely shot. What a scene. :) How come there are still chicks in june in NZ ...? You are experiencing autumn, right? Well exposed and composed. Good DOF & POV and sharp details. Well done & TFS!


Hello Pam!
What a cute scane.Details,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

The size of the feet in relation to body size is quite odd. I've always liked these swamphens and you've caught the mother-child action nicely.
Asmall nit, I would have cloned out the post in the background.

Well done on the composition and details.
Chicks are always cute at this stage, fluffy.
Excellent work.


Very touching photo, Pam.
Excellent composition and detail.
What big feet indeed!!
It has impacted me very much since joining TN, the realization, that all species nurture their young and take such care in the upbringing and teaching of life skills that pertain to their specific needs.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo with us.

Nice one Pam.
A really great capture here.
Everything is just spot on.reat colour,focus and lighting.As Pieter says,the only thing wrong is the season.I know what you mean about confused plants and animals though.Theres a lot of Kowhai in flower down here too.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-29 12:48]

Hi Pam, very nice image of this pukeko with her chick. Fine details, colours and composition.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-29 13:30]

very nice one Pam.
Very good action shot, the moment is well chosen and the cropp is realy nice, good composition, good job Pam,
gr. Jaap

Hello Pam,

Superb composition: this photo was well taken at the good time. It is a pleasure of seeing such a scene.
TFS, Cordially.

Superbe composition: la photo a été bien prise au bon moment. C'est un plaisir de voir une telle scène.
Merci pour le partage, cordialement,


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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-06-29 14:57]

Hi Pam,
I like it. Great moment you have captured.
Well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Great shot Pam,
Very high cute factor. Excellent details, colours, sharpness and composition.
DOF and POV are spot on. Excellent capture.
Thanks for posting

Ahh, wonderful capture Pam. There is something comical to this shot, its very nice and makes me smile. Good work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-30 3:36]

Nice and interesting composition for this mother and baby ! Good pose, colors and details ! Thanks for sharing Pam.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-30 5:26]

Hi Pam, very nice image. I like the parenting aspect to it. The little chick is pretty cute. The details are great and a lovely pose. Very well done.

Pam its a baby only a mother can love. :) Very nice capture of both together. Nice angle sharpness and exposure. Well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-04 6:30]

Great shot. It is not often that we get to see Pukeko and its young. Often I have seen them on the road :(
TFS another facit of NZ.

Lovely realistic colours.
Nice focus

aha! this legs are enormous! you are right looks very similar to our black crake!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-11-20 9:01]

Beautiful moment!!Lovely shot&sharp one!

I love this picture and find it very amusing how Mumma-Pukeko is holding the bread in her claw =P I wonder how long she can stand one-legged for?! lol!
Simply stunning photography.

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