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A Family Affair

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A Coot Chick about to be given a feeding lesson by its parents. 7.7m from subjects, handheld.

Coot (Fulica atra), Family (Rallidae) All-black and larger than its cousin, the moorhen, it has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' above the beak which earns it the title 'bald'. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes, which act instead of webs when swimming. It patters noisily over the water before taking off and can be very aggressive towards others.
Seen mainly all year round on freshwater lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs, rivers and town park lakes when deep enough. Sometimes seen offshore, especially in winter if freshwater areas are frozen.
They feed on vegetation, snails and insect larvae. (RSPB)

Many thanks for your comments on my last upload - really appreciated, as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:EF300mm f/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Jun 2012 - 10:09 AM
Focal Length:300mm 7.7m from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:A Family Affair
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:2 Oct 2012 - 10:13 PM
Tags:Affair, Chick, Coot, Family, Feeding, Fulica atra, Lesson, Parents, Rallidae, Wildlife / nature
Votes:Voting Disabled

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:46 PM

Nice bit of narrative about the species, Sylvia, and a very well captured family group.
Ronnie.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 - 8:00 AM

A typical scene well-captured. Lovely.

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3254 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:28 AM

Lovely nature capture................SmileSmile

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 8:30 AM

great little family pic

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 12:49 PM

Won't be long and they'll be aggressively chasing it away, strange birds Coots....Excellent imagery Sylvia.

Ade

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 3:55 PM

Has a school classroom feel about it Sylvia - lets hope the little one was attentive... Simple and effective nature photography at it's best...

Mike

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Glostopcat
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3 Oct 2012 - 6:33 PM

A delightful family portrait Sylvia, the proud parents and the adolescent are all posing superbly for you

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