Hart & Soul

10 Jun 2007 2,596 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image OK, Now What?

OK, Now What?

When we walked over a canal bridge in Leiden a couple weeks ago (25 miles SW of Amsterdam), I saw this mama and her chicks amongst the water lilies (so sorry they're blown!  Arrgh!).

What was so adorable was that the chicks would fall into the water and then scramble up on one of the pads...and then just sit there like, Whew.  Now what?

I have no clue what kind of ducks these are.  Anybody know?  It does intrigue me that the front spot on the male/female adult is white while it's (still) red on the chicks.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


OK, Now What?

When we walked over a canal bridge in Leiden a couple weeks ago (25 miles SW of Amsterdam), I saw this mama and her chicks amongst the water lilies (so sorry they're blown!  Arrgh!).

What was so adorable was that the chicks would fall into the water and then scramble up on one of the pads...and then just sit there like, Whew.  Now what?

I have no clue what kind of ducks these are.  Anybody know?  It does intrigue me that the front spot on the male/female adult is white while it's (still) red on the chicks.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

Stunning, absolutely stunning, all of the pictures I've taken of Choot chicks were not in focus. Yes all of the chicks have red faces but withing 8 weeks they start to change to a closer version of their mom.
Ginnie Hart: I tried Googling 'Choot,' Johnny, and didn't come up with anything. Hmmm. I'll still take your word for it. You clearly have seen these before, so I'm glad for your added info. Thanks.
I'm pretty knowledgeable on ducks in eastern Canada and this is something we don't have. It is certainly a handsome duck and the bright colour on a duckling is not unusual. Cool with the little white tip on the end of it's bill. I am putting this in my likeys.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Mary. I'd never seen something like this either. It's the little white duck hairs that tickle me! smile
OoohooHooH Ginnie. I took similar pictures yesterday (saturday). Very cute. Sets the mood.
Ginnie Hart: And will you show yours, Busola? I hope so!! Thanks.
Funny and cute. They clearly don't like the water.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Isn't that so strange. You'd think they'd just naturally go for it! Just like ducks and water, you know. But they really did scramble up on the pads if ever they fell back in. It was quite a sight.
Lovely picture - they are really cute looking birds smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, PB. They were so fun to watch. smile
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 10 Jun 2007, 04:54
Ginnie, I don't know what kind of ducks or birds they are, but boy are they cute! You've taken such a nice shot of them. Great composition and colors!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay. I don't think I have the kind of camera that can take as clear shots as, for instance, Ellie's can take. But I was glad this came through at least this well.
Love the detail here. You can see the water droplets on the big duck's back. And the composition is great too.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Karen. Your camera would do wonders with this pic. I was glad mine took at least this much.
  • Ted
  • 10 Jun 2007, 06:23
This is a wonderful photo, Ginnie. I really like the red and green and the richness of the details.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ted. It felt very rich to me as well (except for the blown lilies!).
  • paul
  • 10 Jun 2007, 09:23
Fantastic Ginnie. What I find comical about chicks like this is the size of their feet in relation to the rest of them (http://tadpole.shutterchance.com/photoblog/are_you_sure_these_are_MY_feet£!;question£!;/)

great colours in your shot!
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Paul. Now you've got me quite tickled, after looking at your pic. Thanks for the nice laugh. grin
So adorable and well shot! I have it in my likey's... Regards, Laurence
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Laurence. Thanks. smile
Hi Ginnie - classic red against green draws the eye to the chicks rather than the mother - but no idea why they are red faced. Perhaps it makes them easier to keep an eye on! The one in the foreground looks a little like Rembrandt - reincarnation perhaps? Joking aside it is another great composition. mike
Ginnie Hart: HA! If Rembrandt can't take a joke, right, Mike?! grin

Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.
  • Julischka
  • the fairy tale road
  • 10 Jun 2007, 11:50
LOL! They look like little punks. grin Lovely capture.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I like that, Julia. I hope Mommy approves. smile
Esto podría ser el cuento del "Patito Feo" !! smile
Es una luminosa fotografía !

This could be the story of the "Ugly Duck"! smile
It is a luminous photography!
Ginnie Hart: They're so ugly, they're cute, Jose. grin Thanks.
Hey Ginnie they're Coots and they are the most adorable baby Coots I've ever seen. This really hits the heartstrings! Love the composition, don't care about slightly burnt out lily flowers - in fact your subjects were so eyecatching, I hadn't even noticed! Got to go and see Paul's shot now. Their feet are ridiculously out of proportion aren't they - makes me think of the yellow chicks we put on Easter cakes and their big red feet.
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Coots. OK, then. That makes sense. As you can tell, we're not used to these in the States.

Their big feet make me laugh every time I see them. Someone had a sense of humor to think them up like that! smile
OMG ! Wonderful - This one is going to my likeys !!
Ginnie Hart: A sweetheart as always, Zeb! Thank you!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 10 Jun 2007, 13:42
They're coots! My friend at American Grey has some great photos of them too. Yours is just fantastic, Boots!!! I love it, just beautiful. I would never have recognized them if it hadn't been for AG. I'm sorry, I'm on dialup, and I don't have the hours it would take to find his coot photos, but if you scroll back along "previous" you'll get to them. smile Your shot is brilliant!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Ruth! I found them on AG's site and they are so cute. You're so right. I put AG's link in your next comment. These were totally new to me as well. According to Wiki,this bird is mostly in South America but has migrated to Europe.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coot
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 10 Jun 2007, 13:42
I tried embedding AG's site, but it didn't work. Here's the URL: http://www.americangrey.co.uk/index.php.
Ginnie Hart: I went to AG's archives and found this post, Ruth, among others:
http://www.americangrey.co.uk/index.php?showimage=730
So cute!
They're so cute sitting up on those pads smile - interesting heart shaped pad up in the left corner...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aksel. So cute just sitting there...and I liked your attention to the heart-shaped pad. Thanks.
Trust me late at night and exhausted I spelled their name wrong and it is Coots but not with a h ! Sorry sweets.

J

ps. how did you get so close as these birds as they avoid all contact with anything that gets in close.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. No need to apologize because I certainly didn't know enough to know better. If that's the worst "mistake" you make today, Johnny, you'll had a pretty nice day. grin

I actually was standing on the bridge over the canal and had a clear shot of them with my 12x optical zoom. I kept wondering how much better someone else's camera, like Ellie's, would have taken this! Maybe yours, too?!
Those chicks are adorable. I especially like the little complainer on the right. Great color in this image.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Red Pen. That mama had her hands full with these 3. As soon as she got them all situated, one would move and fall into the water again. It was quite hysterical.
  • Frank
  • Zwolle
  • 10 Jun 2007, 21:45
Maybe Ruth is right if she states it are coots. But since they swim around in Leiden, the Netherlands, I'd say they are referred to as meerkoeten or koeten. ;-)
By the way, they like water ver much.
Ginnie Hart: HA! So they really DO like the water? I wonder if that's a learned experience or it comes naturally in a day or two. smile

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Frank.
  • Ellie
  • 10 Jun 2007, 22:23
Coots! Darned things, they always seem to run a mile when they see me! The ones round here don't get anything like enough human interaction, so treat people as predators.

This pictures gorgeous, I wonder what it is that little one on the right has got in its' beak?

Here's the rspb site link wink
http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/c/coot/
Ginnie Hart: We saw several more of these Coots here in Amsterdam yesterday, Ellie, as we were on a small boatride with friends. I could see how the mamas were extremely territorial. It looks like the little chick on the right has a berry in its mouth, but who knows!

Thanks for the good link! I take pics and then get my education later. I love it. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jun 2007, 22:29
Great scot, what a shot. Absolutely awesome. I do not believe that another camera would necessarily do better, maybe not blowing the lilies, but on the coots it is as good as it gets.

While hanging around in Budapest, I stayed in a boat hotel on the Donau. In the vegetation next to the boat there were coots with chicks, but they didn't look like these (no red heads), but I guess they were older than these chicks. Have you noticed the big foot sticking out from under the leftside chick. Coots are part of the bigger family of reed walkers. With those feet they can walk on grass that is half submerged and it is also good enough to swim with.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Louis. Those big feet are hysterical. Did you see Tadpole Paul's link?
http://tadpole.shutterchance.com/photoblog/are_you_sure_these_are_MY_feet%A3!;question%A3!;/
I'm really getting my education! I shoot the pics and then do/receive the research! smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 12 Jun 2007, 06:38
Hi Ginnie. I'm working my way back through your archive doing catch-up after a hectic weekend. I'm so glad I did. This is a joy.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart for backtracking, Jimbo. Thank you kindly.
I think it is an Eurasian Cot, I posted some basic info about the species there: http://www.monika.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Eurasian_Coot/
***
Lovely picture, great colours and so lovely family scene. Water lillies only add some charm to the photo! Great job Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess they are indeed Coots, Monika. Thanks for your own research. That's one of the things I like about SC! smile
Great picture with excellent colors
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for visiting and commenting again, Gustav!
wow - this is so cool
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, ET, for stopping by and commenting!

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a constructive critical comments icon ShMood©
camera Canon PowerShot S3 IS
exposure mode program mode
shutterspeed 1/250s
aperture f/3.5
sensitivity unknown
focal length 36.6mm
It's MondayIt's Monday
Another Leiden WindmillAnother Leiden W...
A Leiden ClockA Leiden Clock

Warning