126/365 Grey Heron and Coots


I flushed this heron whilst walking around the reserve and unfortunately for the heron it flew straight towards a coot nest.  The adult coots then proceeded to launch a full scale attack on the heron for being too close to the nest.  The heron then had to change direction quickly, which ultimately lead to the heron slowing down and landing about a foot away from the coots nest, which lead the coots to become even more aggresive because of this.  In the end the heron flew past me instead of the coots which in my opinion was the safest option in the first place! Whether the heron thought that the coots would be more concerned about me and tried to take one of the coot chicks or whether it was just an honest mistake I dont know.  It happened extremely quickly and this is the one of the images of the pair of coots scolding the heron! 😉

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea and Coot Fulica atra, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 and 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.

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116/365 Coot on nest displayed on Canon stand


This image was taken a few years ago but I was absolutely delighted to see it printed large as the backdrop to the Canon stand at the London Wild Bird Watch event at the London Wetland Centre over the weekend.  The image itself was around 4m x 2.5m so was fantastic to see it that large. A great pleasure and honour having my image displayed like this! Thank you Canon!!

and the actual image on the stand (taken with my IPhone!)

and a very happy me!

115/365 Coot offering


On another part of the London Wetland Centre, this pair of Coots were rearing 4 chicks. The adult male was always bringing little bits of food back for the sitting female and the chicks. Occasionally it would bring back extra strips of reed as nesting material.  It would very gently hand it to the female and this is the tender moment of this offering.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

114/365 Coot


Coots are a very common and familiar species for most people and are often overlooked as photographic subjects because of this.  I saw this bird preening  from a distance so approached with the idea of capturing the reflection aswell. After preening most birds will wing stretch or flap or do something interesting so its just a matter of time and waiting patiently.

Coot, Fulica atra, London, April, 2012.
Canon 1D mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

089/365 Coot


I really like trying to get as low as possible so I am at eye level with the subject I’m photographing as it provides a more intimate image.  Image 089 is an image of a Coot where I was almost at water level with the Coot… any lower and my camera would have needed to have been waterproof! The lower you can get the better!

Coot, Fulica atra, Worcestershire.