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a toehold in the nest... by nadine henley

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… and what enormous toes they are! another shot of this gorgeous Eurasian coot chick. When it had had enough of all that swimming around with mum and dad it just made its own way to the nest and climbed out.

Taken at Carenup swamp, north of Perth, Western Australia.

Nikon D700, 500mm (hired) lens, ISO1250, f/6.3, 1/400 sec, -1 step, tripod. And it washandy to have a walkway into the swamp which gave me a vantage point.

Feeling satisfied with a new photograph … that makes it a good day.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Such an interesting looking little creature! Sure makes me smile!

  • I can’t help grinning when I see it! thanks so much, dot!

    – nadine henley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellalmost 3 years ago

    You WILL have to buy that lens.

  • heh heh! you know me so well, fred! hmmmm… maybe if I sell my car and marry into a camera shop…

    – nadine henley

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentalmost 3 years ago

    Aw……..I want one! isnt he wonderful? faved and love it!

  • thanks heaps, adrian! I am completely besotted with him!

    – nadine henley

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Adorable capture, he is so cute.

  • thanks so much, andrea!

    – nadine henley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    This is a terriffic shot Nadine, perhaps Father Christmas will buy yyou that lens EH??????

    Have a happyy new Year

  • thanks so much, malcolm! I don’t think Father Christmas could carry it – I fear the sleigh would fall out of the sky!

    – nadine henley

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 3 years ago

    what a wonderful shot as you say big toes. Hope you are enjoying your hired lens sounds a good idea to pre try before you buy one.

  • “pre try before you buy one” – hah! I think this is out of my reach so I am trying to make the most of the few days I have it. Thanks for checking out my little chick, karen!

    – nadine henley

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Heh. I just located the webs or toes—not where I thought they’d be. In fact, a good bit beyond! It’s a Dr. Seuss bird! Great detail, Nadine.

  • thanks so much, jan – those toes really are inspirational!

    – nadine henley

  • LouJay
    LouJayalmost 3 years ago

    oh wonderful Nadine!! Bravo!

  • ah lou – you said it – I think this is my best shot of the year and it’s come just in time! I haven’t been overjoyed with a shot in a long time.

    – nadine henley

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 3 years ago

    So sweet – lovely shot

  • thanks so much, chris – hope you are loving having the festive season with your grandson.

    – nadine henley

  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookealmost 3 years ago

    Gosh, super work Nadine! I admire anyone with the patience to capture wildlife. You’ve done a great job! He/she is gorgeous!

  • thank you so much, dear lou! This one makes me smile so much! Happy New Year to you!

    – nadine henley

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