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Cool head
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/11, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-11 9:28
Viewed: 3161
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common coot is indeed a common bird in many parts of the world; it can be found in most of Europe, southern Asia, North Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It owes its name to its "coot" call.
The Common coot is very dark grey with a black head and neck, a white forehead and beak and red eyes. The feet are large and lobed. Newly hatched young are mostly black and have a typical red head.
Coots inhabit stagnant and slowly flowing water and can be found in the heart of a busy city as well as in the countryside. They are omnivorous, but the greatest part of their food is formed by (aquatic) plants and seeds.
Although Common coots gather in large flocks during winter, they break up into pairs in spring. Each pair forms a territory which is defended very aggressively against intruders. A nest is made from reeds, twigs and leaves, and even floating waste products, like plastic bags, may be used as nest material. The 5-9 speckled eggs are incubated by both parents. When the young hatch after 21-24 days, the care for them is literally divided between both parents. Each young "belongs" with either the mother or the father, and gets its food only from his allocated parent. After 55-60 days the young are independant. Common coots generally raise 1 brood each year, sometimes 2.

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Hi Vivian,
this is not an easy bird to get right exposure but you manage
well, the white parts are slightly OE but the dark part is very good with a lots of details.
And it's slightly overshaped as we can see traces in BG and a
small halo around the edges. Nice colors and good DOF, the bird standout well from the BG.
Well done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-11 10:46]

Hi Viv,

My favorite color combination - black, white and red. He looks great against the green background. Looks like he is wearing a crazy hat.

Jane

Hi Viv
Cool presentation of this guy. I agree with Gert.
TFS
Ralf

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-11 11:45]

Hi Vivian.
What a nice portrait of this beautiful bird. You managed to solve a very difficult task to select correct exposure parameters for shooting so coloured bird. Colour tones are reflected extremely well and light spot on the head very good. Sharpness and details of the bird image are great too. Only some noise at BG is visible a bit. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

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