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Australian Coot in New Zealand

Australian Coot in New Zealand
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-11 23:21
Viewed: 4107
Points: 24
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Australian Coot in New Zealand
Fulica atra australis

New Zealand had two endemic coots, now extinct.

Australian Coots (self-introduced from Australia to New Zealand) have been breeding in New Zealand since the late 1950s and today are found throughout the country. It is now considered a New Zealand native. By 2005, around 2,000 were scattered on lakes throughout both main islands.

The bird is one of four subspecies of the Eurasian coot Fulica atra, which is native to Europe, northern Africa, Asia and greater Australasia. The Australian coot breeds in Australia and New Zealand. It is a protected self-introduced native.

This Coot fulica atra australis is described as having a distinctive all-over grey-black
colouring and greyish-white frontal shield and bill.

They are smaller than the pukeko, only 38 centimetres long, weighing around 550 grams.

Mainly aquatic, coots have lobed toes.

I have often found them hard to photograph as they move quite fast and their heads rock back and forth as they swim.


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To azleader: To an inquiring mindJanice 1 07-15 03:37
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Hello Janice,

I know just what you mean! My attempts at capturing them at Fountains Abbey were not wonderfully successful!

I feel like adding:
'Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the fairest one of all?'
(Except, of course, it's on the water and not on the wall!)
But this little coot really does look to be enjoying her own reflection!
Lovely details and that wake, created by the bird, really shows how fast she was travelling!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Corvus (82)
  • [2008-07-12 1:32]

Hi Janice,
A really striking photo with the capture of the eye and relection in the water.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-12 3:59]

Hello Janice,
Splendid capture of this Coot racing ahead and with a fine reflection in the water. Great focus on the eye and lovely colours. I like the framing too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-12 4:07]
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Hello Janice,
Nice action shot of an Australian Coot propelling itself forward in the water. I like the reflection of its head in the calm part of the water while it stretches its neck. The body seems a paler shade of grey compared to our subspecies but the head is just as black.
TFS this fine image,

Hi Janice,
A lovely bird. Very well captured with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Janice,
A most dynamic action capture combining the reflection & waters wake..
And that additional mini-wake from the dribbling beak is the icing on the cake as they say :)
Love this mf,
Well done!

Hi Janice,
We have similar specie here as well! I like the way you composed this picture and you managed well with exposure. They are not easy to calibrate with those so contrasted tones of colors. Well done and cheers!

Hello Janice,
What a wonderful action shot of coot with beautiful refection,very nice composition and great focusing,
well done,

Neat image Janice...What red eyes it has. The whole S Hemisphere is a wonder to me and perhaps will remain that way so your sharp, clear images give me something, some view I will not perhaps have any other way. Very good lesson.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-14 3:34]
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Hi Janice!

I like this picture and this poor bird. One question - why did you axed top of its head? It was really naughty :-)

How can this be???...

An Australian bird has taken over New Zealand? Did it have a passport when it arrived? Was it checked at customs or did it enter NZ illegally?

Were merciless hordes of Australian Coots responsible for the extinction of NZ's own native species? How are the NZ military authorities going to respond to this heinous crime? Will this mean war between New Zealand and Australia? Will this trigger a world-wide nuclear exchange??

OMG!!! Are we all gonna die?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-18 3:26]

Hi Janice,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,details,red eyes,framing and reflections on water a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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