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American Coot

American Coot
Photo Information
Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon 300mm F2.8L IS +1.4 TC
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 18:59
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Identification Tips:
Length: 12 inches Wingspan: 25 inches
Fairly large, duck-like waterbird with short wings and a short tail
Very short, thick bill
Frequently seen both swimming and walking
Often flicks and cocks short tail while walking, exposing white outer undertail coverts
Sexes similar
Toes have lobed webbing, unlike gallinules

White bill with dark reddish ring just before tip
White frontal shield with reddish oval near tip
Slate gray head, neck, back, upperwings, breast and belly

Lacks the frontal shield of the adult
Horn-colored bill may lack ring near tip
Pale gray-brown head, neck, upperwings, breast and back; feathers on underparts often with paler edges
Similar species:
Common Moorhen is of similar size and shape but has a reddish bill with a yellowish tip, a white stripe along the flanks, and a brownish back.

source: http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/i2210id.html

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Hi Adam,
this is an amazingly well detailed shot of this coot certainly one of the best I have ever seen.One week ago I purchased the same camera that you have used for this remarkable photo and if this is any indication I think that my shots will improve markedly all things being equal that is.Fine detail,colour and focus make this coot come alive in a way I have never seen before now.Best of all is the focus is on the bird"s head giving the definitive view of this fascinating creature face.Thanks for sharing this coot with us all. Bob

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2007-11-10 19:15]

Hi Adam,
Very good portrait of the American Coot. Everything is top notch. I like the drops on the forehead. It looks that 40D works very well! TFS
Regards, Mario

Hello Adam,

Beautiful potrait of this coot. Nice detail and colours,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-11 1:26]

Hello Adam,
Excellent sharpness, details and perfect focus in this photo. The catchlight in the eye is beautiful. Superb composition.

Hi Adam,
Very good portrait of this coot, excellent details and eye contact, great colors
really well done
best regards

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-11 4:20]

Hi Adam, great close up of this Coot. This Coot is far more attractive than ours here in the UK. I like the colouring on the beak and the pin sharp eye. Very well exposed on both whites and blacks. Great light on the water drops. Great pov and dof. A very nice composition all round.

Hello Adam,
Well compose close up with a lot of details and sharpness.
Do like the details in the 'blacks'..
Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-11 10:00]

Hi Adam. This is an excellent close up of the Coot. The detail is First class . the colours so natutal. you have captured the red eye so well . a very good POV/Dof. well done TFs. good notes too.

Hi Adam,
Excellent close up of this american coot!
I like the pose, and excellent details got all over, on the beak and dark plumage.
You managed pretty well the exposure and the available natural light.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-12 3:52]

Hi Adam,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you now and will come back with a proper critique later. I am still out of town, in fact I am stuck here. Hope to be back by tomm.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-12 11:34]

Hi Adam
Sorry I had miss that excellent portrait.Excellent POV and very sharp image whit great details.I like that catch light in the eye and I also like those water drop on the subject forehead.
TFS Michel

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-12 20:43]

Excellent, excellent exposure and focus on this coot head.
Amazing portrait.
TFS. ; )

Perfect exposure that has revealed excellent sharp detail in the black head plumage Adam.
Excellent color and POV, that red eye looks fantastic up close :)

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