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Anybody Out There

Anybody Out There
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nests of Birds, Baby Animals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-02 18:51
Viewed: 4309
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not sure this one does not almost classes as a near miss, as its not as good a quality as I normally like, but I felt it was too interesting an image not to.
So what are you looking at, well its a baby Coot Fulica atra attempting to escape its egg while its sibling moves around the nest drying out and one more is actually out on the lake with dad on its first swim, which is why I went to look at the nest when normally I would not disturb them, but seeing one out swimming when normally they do not go until all are hatched and dry. So I was very surprised when getting near the nest to hear soft cheeping sounds coming from the nest. I used a bamboo cane to part the reeds and shrubby willow the nest is built in out from the island edge, and leaned over with the camera set on full manual zoom, it was very poor light conditions so a slow camera speed meant the already hatched chick is blurred.
The one in the egg has managed the hard bit and broken through the outer shell, using the egg tooth a small projection on top of the bill that is used to make this 1st hole, it falls off later . at this point it is resting gathering its strength ready for a final push to open the egg like the one you see in the BG.
Hopefully by tomorrow all 4 will be hatched and dried and out on the water. the white tip on the bill is very important to these youngsters ,because as long as they have it the parents will fetch food and feed them. when they get into the teenage phase they loose it and they have to fend for them selves, hopefully by then they will have learnt all they need to about feeding them selves.
For more details on Coots have a look at this from the RSPB web site Click Here)
And to View lasts crop and see the white beak tip in action have a look at this one I posted on TE before we had a TN for such images (Click Here)
Shadows and Highlights
Sharpen with USM via Lab Colour and channels/lightness
crop to size
Hope you find it useful

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-02 19:02]

Hi Robert! That is a fantastic shot! I don't care that it is blurred. I am glad that you shared this with us. A very special moment. It is worth 10 points for interest value. ; )

Hey Robert, Anybody in there? Great shot of the "Grand" opening!

Too bad about the blur but a fantastic capture nonetheless! A very special moment captured.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-06-03 2:12]

Right place at the right time! Life starts a little out of focus anyway, does it not? Good one.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-03 3:50]

Amazing timing Rob! This is truly a great moment and I am glad you've posted it even though the overall quality might be a little less than what you think would be suitable. Great post!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-03 4:38]

Welcome to real world young coot :-) As you said - quality isn't best, but picture itself is very interesting, same as note. So my 2pts for captured moment and great feelings.

Hi Robert

This is a magic shot. Not a near miss at all. I think you got it spot on! Good title too. IMO the blurred new life dosen't detract from this shot at all. What a great opportunity to capture this wonderful moment. Thanks

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-03 7:48]

What a special moment to capture Robert. Awesome event and well shown for us. Thank you...

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-03 15:36]

Hi Robert, a unique moment you captured. The motion blur at the coot chick wasn't distracting, even I must say like it a lot.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-04 3:42]

Dommage que cela ne soit pas très net mais c'est super de pouvoir photographier un moment pareil.
A nice moment captured !

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-06-04 5:29]

good shot and composition but need more sharpen..


Very good picture! And at the right moment, too! I hope to see more of those birds!

What an amazing momemnt you caught here Robert. I have never seen them 'escape' like this before. Quality is not always everything, the moment makes this shot.

well done

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2005-06-08 11:10]

WOW! Robert what a moment. They are very ugly chicks. But this is really a moment to treasure. Wish I was there! :)

I agree that this image should be posted, even though it is slightly blurred. If only you'd had the ISO setting higher.... Anyway, not something you see everyday, well done for spotting it and thanks for sharing.

É um doce momento muito bem captado.


Please do not photograph birdnests. You may disturb them. In many countries you are also breaking the law doing this. E.g. in Britain you need a special license. Thank you.

Hi Robert,
Very rare moment. Very interesting shot. Quality is not everything indeed.
I don't quite agree about light being not enough. You didn't need that low ISO setting nor that long DOF. So, you could have easily use 1/200 or faster and freeze the action.

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