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Fulica atra

Fulica atra
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Copyright: Amos Dor (amosdor) (105)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 15:09
Viewed: 3867
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra, also known as Coot, is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae. The Australian subspecies is known as the Australian Coot.

The Coot breeds across much of the Old World on freshwater lakes and ponds. It occurs and breeds in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The species has recently expanded its range into New Zealand. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, but migrates further south and west from much of Asia in winter as the waters freeze.

The Coot is 36–42 cm long, and is largely black except for the white facial shield (which gave rise to the phrase "as bald as a coot", which the Oxford English Dictionary cites in use as early as 1430). As a swimming species, the Coot has partial webbing on its long strong toes.

The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult black plumage develops when about 3–4 months old, but the white shield is only fully developed at about one year old.

This is a noisy bird with a wide repertoire of crackling, explosive, or trumpeting calls, often given at night.

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Coot

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-07-18 20:34]

Hello Amos!
A warm welcome to TN!
I like the expression and pose on your coot.
I love their feet... so amazingly constructed.
Good focus and exposure.
TFS. : )

Ciao Amos, bella Fulica nitidamente ripresa, ottima posa, bei riflessi, magnifica nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Amos,
la Folaga un uccello abbastanza comune, ma non è facile ottenere belle immagini come questa, ottime le tonalità dei colori e la scelta della direzione della luce, molto buona anche la nitidezza in una piacevole composizione.
GRazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

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