Adrian Binney, PPSA, LRPS  


Coot Feeding Baby by Adrian Binney, PPSA, LRPS

July 2021 - Coot Feeding Baby

July 2021 - Adrian Binney, PPSA, LRPS

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About the Image(s)

Taken in April when not expecting to capture nature shots, so I didn’t have my normal wildlife lens. But I enjoyed watching the mother dive down and come up with I don’t know what, then swim back to where the baby stayed (obviously very obedient from a young age!).

Settings: 1/200 f5.6 ISO250 with 12-100 Olympus f4 lens at 100mm (FF200mm).

In PP, I cropped and flipped it, rotated it a bit so the mother is coming from left corner, then added some texture and controlled the highlight areas. The “Original” here is after flipping - a Lightroom quirkinesses.


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11 comments posted




Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Adrian, there is nothing more ugly and more cute at the same time than a coot chick. I do not care for the rotation to make the mom come from the corner because the ripples look like they are tilted. It is sharp with good exposure. I might suggest a little dodging to bring out the eye on the mom. Bruce   Posted: 07/03/2021 19:07:01



Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Adrian, this is a cute coot's image. The chicks at this stage have no feathers in the head but growth that looks like hair. The image is sharp, but I think you cropped it too tight and amputated the back leg on the mother and the chick is very close to the frame's edge. I took the original, did a few adjustments including more light on the mother's eye to bring out the red color, and left enough space around them which required removal of some distracting vegetation.   Posted: 07/04/2021 11:39:19
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Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Thank Issac. I do agree that a tad more space would help and I have prob rotated the pair too much. So I will relook at this, but if I wish to use it in Nature Salons, I can't remove items. Compromise time!   Posted: 07/04/2021 13:26:58
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Yes Adrian, you are right about pure Nature, but then you could use a more intimate image that emphasize's the act of feeding. Unfortunately, the size of the image here is so small that becomes pixelated, or you can use it in color.   Posted: 07/05/2021 07:08:01
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Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I like your close up Isaac.. I will try that. Thanks   Posted: 07/05/2021 07:24:11
Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I like your close up Isaac.. I will try that. Thanks   Posted: 07/06/2021 03:20:59
Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
I like your close up Isaac.. I will try that. Thanks   Posted: 07/10/2021 00:35:41
Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Thank Issac. I do agree that a tad more space would help and I have prob rotated the pair too much. So I will relook at this, but if I wish to use it in Nature Salons, I can't remove items. Compromise time!   Posted: 07/10/2021 00:36:00



Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Adrian, There is nothing like a mama feeding kids shot to warm the heart.The image is sharp and the PP is good, but I agree with Isaac on the crop. It is just a little to tight on the right side. Nice!   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:03:37



Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Adrian, it is a nice nature story. The story always strengthen an image in competition. I agree with removing the tilt so it feels balanced. I also agree that it is nice to keep the feet in the image.

It is a lucky day when nature takes the stage and performs! Very nice capture.   Posted: 07/10/2021 10:55:56



Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Adrian, I am such a softie when it comes to mama birds feeding their little ones and the connection you have captured between these two is just adorable. I agree with Bruce about the ripples, which were bothersome to my eye. I find the closeup to be more effective. I have never seen a coot before except when I play Bird Bingo with my grandchildren!   Posted: 07/12/2021 14:19:04