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Double Trouble

Double Trouble
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 6 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 3:42
Viewed: 3167
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This summer I heard some unfamiliar screeches while at the lake. As it turned out, the noise came from a pair of hungry coot chicks demanding to be fed. I was very excited because I have never seen any coots nesting at our lake before. These chicks were more like juveniles, and they had already lost their orangy look, although you can still see some orange on their heads. I followed the whole family of two parents and two chicks, as the parents repeatedly dove underwater and brought up tidbits to feed one chick or the other. They were very attentive parents. : )

American Coot
Fulica americana

Foulque d'Amérique (French)
Gallareta americana (Spanish)

Often mistaken for a duck, the American Coot is a common waterbird. Its all black body and white chicken-like beak distinguish this swimming rail from the real ducks.

All black.
Swims and dives.
White bill with black mark near tip.
Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's.
White stripe on sides of undertail.

Sex Differences:
Sexes alike.

Calls scratchy clucking noises and series of "kuk-kuk-kuk" notes.

Cool Facts:
Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck. Instead of having all the toes connected by webs, each coot toe has lobes on the sides of each segment.


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Hello Manyee , synchronicity is very nice , TFS.

Hi Manyee,
Nothing wrong with this one...
Both are sharp, good composition and nice symmetry.

Nice note and nice shot Manyee. I like the composition of reflection. TFS

Interesting shot Manyee. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-04 9:12]

Hello Manyee,
Very nice capture of this little pair with scruffy feathers! Excellent POV and I like the reflections in the water. Sharp details and a very good composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Great capture Manyee, love your composition on this. Great details and I love the scruffy look of these two. Very well done..

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-03-04 15:59]

¦wietne ujêcie, doskona³a kompozycja. Bardzo dobra fotka.

Hi Manyee

Two little cuties playing up for the camera. Lovely work. Well done! :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-06 6:04]

A hugely amusing title that does seem to be realistic too!
Lovely double capture with excellent PoV and superb composition with the reflections doubling the trouble yet again

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