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Eurasian coot

Eurasian coot
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-16 10:50
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Points: 46
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Hello All

in the park from Sainte-Croix, there are a lot of small lakes with many bird species, it's the first time i can taken a shot from a coot close enough, we had coots at our lake but they was very shy, and was always to far from the edge to take a good shot and this last time i saw not one

Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra
Family: Rallidae
Order: Gruiformes
Featured Bird Groups
Water birds
What does it look like?


The Eurasian Coot is recognised by its snowy white bill and forehead shield. The remainder of the bird is dark sooty grey, except for its bright red eye. Immature birds are generally paler than adults with a white wash on the throat. Nestlings are downy, black with fine yellow tips. The head is orange-red and the bill is red with a cream-white tip.

Similar species

The only bird with which the Eurasian Coot can be confused is the similarly sized, dark grey Dusky Moorhen. These species are often found together, but the Dusky Moorhen has a reddish-orange head shield and bill, with a yellow tip.

Where does it live?


The Eurasian Coot ranges from Eurasia to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Birds have also recently transported themselves to New Zealand, and the species is quickly becoming established.


In Australia the Eurasian Coot is common in suitably vegetated lagoons and swamps. Birds are less common in the north and in the drier

What does it do?


Food is mainly obtained during underwater dives, lasting up to 15 seconds and ranging down to 7 m in depth. Birds also graze on the land and on the surface of the water. In Australia, Eurasian Coots feed almost entirely on vegetable matter, supplemented with only a few insects, worms and fish. Birds of the northern hemisphere tend to take much more animal prey.


Eurasian Coots may breed at any time that conditions are favourable, and may produce successive broods. During the breeding season pairs establish and maintain territories with vigour. Their aggression is also extended towards other species. Nests of ducks are often seized and used as roosting sites, the unfortunate owner's eggs being pushed off into the water. Young ducks and grebes are sometimes killed. The nest is often a floating raft of vegetation or is built on logs or tree stumps that are surrounded by water. Both sexes share incubation and care of the young. If food becomes scarce, the young birds may be killed by the parents.

Did you know?

The Eurasian Coot is able to compress its feathers and squeeze out all of the air, which allows it to dive deeply and for longer periods.


The most common call is a distinctive loud "kowk".

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hello Jacqueline
super sharpnesws picture with great details and lovely colours
nice shot
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-16 11:10]

Salut Jacqueline,une photo tres sympa et avec des excellentes reflections,une nettete' parfaite,peut etre le visage est un peu sombre,mais avec cette lumiere tu as deja fait un petit miracle! Bonne soiree' et bonne nuit aussi! Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-16 11:39]

Hello Jaqueline,
Colors, light, clarity, composition with the bird's reflection, POV and details look very good.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jaqueline,

I would write good managed the colours with your point and shoot but you have an dslr.
This are one of the dificult birds to photograph.
The red eyes, black and the white colours you have been managed this very good.
Exellent details and sharpness.
Fine colours.


Ciao Jaqueline. Nice compo, intrigan reflecions.


Ciao Jacqueline, beautiful Asian Coot, wonderful reflections, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Adorable picture of this cute little Coot, Jacqueline.
The white part on its head and the general black colour of the bird make a fine contrast.
The picture is very sharp and well composed.

Hi Jacqueline.

Beautiful coot on a lonely swimming session captured in very good details. The reflection and the ripples make excellent addition in the frame. Exposure is pleasing with balanced framing.

Best regards,

Hallo Jacqueline
Thanks for sharing a really great image with a very interesting note. The black and white of the Coot's feathers against the beautiful greenish colour of the water is super and it portrays so beautifully. It is just a pity that one cannot see the eye so clearly, but then the reflection in the water makes up for this. The black and white colours is vibrant and really eye-catching. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hola Jacqueline

Preciosa imagen de esta Fulica caribaea preciosa, que ya fotografié en londres y la que tienes unas patas muy originales. Preciosa composición y buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Lovely capture of this cute coot MF Jacqueline. I also captured so many coot in Lee Valley yesterday. TFS.
Greetings from London!


Bonjour Jacqueline,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière valorisant bien le sujet dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-19 6:55]

Hi Jacqueline.
We have this species too. You have pictured it and reproduced dark feathers as well as light beak very well. It is difficult task and you have solved it perfectly. Water surface, waves form bird are very attractive and composition of the shot is excellent too. My compliments and best regards.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-11-22 4:36]
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Hello Jacqueline
Spelendid shot with excellent details and composition. POV absolutely very effective.
TFS and R's,

Hi Jackquline,
A simple image well portrayed.Nice sharp subject with good feathered details and overall colouration.

picture scene and very good information's, all your last work is very good!
best regards Nasos

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-11-23 9:13]

Bonjuor Jacqueline,
A charming composition Eurasian Coot!
Lovely capture of this Eurasian coot with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-25 2:44]

Hello Jacqueline,
excellent view of this coot. The ripples give a good graphical composition. The coot is well seen in good details.
The reflection is pretty too.


Hi Jacqueline. Awesome catch of this cute coot! Great details and nice composition!
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-27 23:08]

Hello Jacqueline, and greetings from Ohio.
I'm glad you finally were able to get close enough for a shot of this little coot, the image turned out great!! You captured wonderful detail, color and exposure. Their light colored bills really stand out in contrast to their dark plumage. Well done!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-27 23:26]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very nice capture of a Common Coot. I like the timing to show the forward movement of the head as it swims away. the ripples and reflection in the water, the sharpness, colours and composition.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

bonjour Jacqueline

belle photo de ce Foulque prise par un excellent POV et cadrage,
excellent focus netteté et détails, c'est bien que tu n'est pas
tombé dans la tentation de l'avoir de plus proche et ainsi
tu as obtenu dans l'image sa reflexion à l'eau, TFS


Hallo Jacqueline,
une belle image de cette Foulque prise avec bonne netteté et couleurs naturelles, un très bon cadrage
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit
Ciao Maurizio

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