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Big Footed Coot

Big Footed Coot
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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: 2007-10-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 1:44
Viewed: 4438
Points: 22
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What Big Feet You’ve Got.

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. And I never realised how big their feet were.


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You have highlighted the big feet feature of this Coot very well in this picture, Janice.
The image as a whole is wonderfully sharp, colourful and crisp.
The watery BG also suits this capture.
TFS and regards.

Hola Janice,
Magnífica captura de esta curiosa ave, excelente definición y detalles, muy buena la luz conseguida. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-29 2:57]

Hello Janice,
A nice bigfoot you show us overhere,nice details and good POV,think quite difficult to shoot with the black and white,well done and TFS,
Regards Siggi

Hi Janice,
hey, I'm back after such a long time - and so happy to meet you all again.
Your shot is lovely, realy big big feet that bird has, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Janice,
Very difficult fellow to photograph these fellows. Not 'cause of his big feet:-).
But because of all these blacks and whites. You cannot overexpose nor underexpose...
Hey, you did pretty well, Janice:-).
Good depth of field as well.
TFS this Fulica atra australis

There is rarely a mistake in nature, leaving me to wonder what was the purpose? some of Darwinian believe think we had tails which we didn't use so there is now only a small bony end to our spies....and since I wasn't here at the start of time..(I don't remember:->)...there certainly must be good use made of it unless it was created this way just for us to wuestion..and that I do well....

A fine image Janice...quite unusual and kinda cute in a way...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-30 5:41]

Hello Janice, Nice shot and good expression on the face. Very informational note. Ganesh

Hello Janice,

What a beautiful shot of these COOT. And then red eyes. Great !. A very good compo, whith fine details and natural colors. With here big lobed toes they can walk over the leaves of aquatic plants in the search for food. Than ks for sharing. Regards and TFS BOB

Interesting notes.

An interesting bird with most intriguing feet which you have shown well in your image.

Hello Janice

Sounds like a perfect description of me.Big footed coot.
The POV is excellent.They certainly look ungainly on land.
Wonderful sharpness and detail.
I chased around some American coots this summer,but got nothing remotely as good as this.
Nicely done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-17 22:54]

I really like the light on that body feathers.
It brings out such subtle nuances of the gry/black theme.
A funny posture to boot.
Coots do have the most interesting and ungainly feet.
Great focus as well.
TFS. : )

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