Tuesday, April 16, 2013

American Coot/Wild Bird

Public display of affection

If you went to a very strict school - as I did - you'll understand my shock get the joke about my capturing this "public display of affection."

These are two American coots (Fulica americana), proof that not every bird that swims is a duck. 

Swimming off to her nest?

Truth be told, I had never seen one out of the water before. The second photo in this set seems much more familiar.

Contemplating the future?

Apparently on land they look more like chickens than ducks, but these coots never let me see them walking around.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

56 comments:

Jeanne said...

Awww, making her nest! Such lovely birds!

Lowell said...

I didn't know that. I think I've seen Coots here. Oui?

And you're just plain silly: alligators don't cover themselves with duck feathers, unless of course, they forget to wash after dinner.

Jill said...

I adore the contrast of the black heads and white beaks. Lovely shots.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Nice photos of the coot.

Buttons said...

I have never seen "An Old Coot":) or a young one either. Great shots. B

Sandra said...

i did not know there was a bird named coot. mother called daddy the old coot a lot... so I guess that makes him an American Coot.. i like that 3rd shot

see you there! said...

Like others said, "Old Coot" is a familiar family phrase. Nice to see the original.

Darla

Judy said...

I have to say this is one I have never seen or heard of before. Great shots!

rainfield61 said...

Chicken or duck?

Duck or chicken?

It is just a name.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We get rafts of coots in the fall at "our" lake in Oregon...I enjoy watching them...but have never seen them in the spring (thus missing the PDA ;>)

She Who Carries Camera said...

I had the luck, a couple of weeks ago, to see them on land. Here's a link, if you'd like to see their huge feet!
http://www.shewhocarriescamera.com/2013/04/cruising-part-deux.html

TexWisGirl said...

they are such unique birds!

Karen said...

Funny looking birds, I do like the white beak.

Terri said...

I've never seen one walking around before either- cool!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Come to think of it, I've never seen one waddling around here either. Very nice compositions.

HansHB said...

Great photos, cute bird!

Ken Schneider said...

Underrated for its lack of color and cranky ways, your photos show the subtle beauty of the lowly coot! Very nice.

Snowcatcher said...

I love the reflection in the second shot. I've known of coots, but I don't think I've ever seen one in real life, so it was fun to see them in their environs.

Carletta said...

Love those wavy reflections in the second shot as well.
Yep, when I was in school there were no PDA's allowed. Holding hands wasn't much encouraged either. :)

RedPat said...

You get the greatest bird shots!

Susan said...

Never been close enough to see them very well. Love the photos!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Nothing like a couple of silly old coots in love!

Malyss said...

They strangely seem to be a mix between ducks and hens. Never saw such birds.
I was surprised by your below post, ice in april?!!as you say, enough is enough!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Lovely shots, great composition, color and light! Gorgeous birds!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful photography of the coots ~ love the captions too ~ ^_^

Thanks for asking ~ we are all okay gratefully ~ ^_^

Crazy world it is becoming.

Phil said...

I think they call that "Doing what comes naturally" despite their religious or secular upbringing. Good work EGG.

Maggid said...

I Love, Love, Love your blog.
I didn't know a coot was a bird . .
Have you ever heard someone say, "You Old Coot!"

I wonder what they mean.

Wonderful day to You,
-g-

NatureStop said...

Great shots!Have a great day!

Shantana

kelley jensen said...

sweet pictures--spring is coming.

Nancy Claeys said...

Perhaps you'll also see some offspring!

mick said...

Great photos of the Coots among the reeds.

Carole M. said...

you picked up some sweet shots of the coots

eileeninmd said...

Cute post! Great shots of the Coots! If you ever see them out of the water check out their crazy looking feet.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I'm hoping real soon, that one area that these coots are so abundant, that I'll spot some babies!!

DeniseinVA said...

Those are lovely photos and such cute birds.

NatureFootstep said...

very different from our cots. Nice to see it.

LifeRamblings said...

such beautiful coots.

SandyCarlson said...

These are some cozy coots!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

We have some that come up to be fed and their feet are very funny, I have some pictures on my blog of their feet!I hope you get to see their babies!

LONDONLULU said...

Very lovely to see and a sweet sight for the day - thank you for your kind words re: Boston today, especially as you've lived there and know what the marathon means.

Stephanie said...

Aha, now I know what bird it was that I photographed on the weekend. Nice shots!

ladyfi said...

What lovely pictures of the coots! And sweet to see them necking like that...

Cindy said...

Great shots.

llandudnopictures said...

Love birds in disguise!

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Springtime everywhere - love the conception.

sincerest
veredit

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! These birds look very unique.
I enjoyed your post very much.
Thank you for sharing.

Indrani said...

There may be some eggs there in the nest.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent. That first picture looks like staged art. Great. I like these shots.
We have plenty of Coots out this way too. MB

PerthDailyPhoto said...

PDA's amongst the birdlife, shocking EG..did you feel a little like the paparazzi zoning in on these stars :) I love watching the coots!

Marie said...

Lovely photos of the coots!

Debra @ Homespun said...

I had never even heard of this bird!!

Learn something new every day! :)

Neil said...

Great series.

Stewart M said...

If these are like the Coots here, they are bad tempered!

But they are fun to watch!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Arija said...

Beautiful to behold with the broken reed mirrored in the water.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

American Coot, and now I know the answer to my question. These are all wonderful images and this past Winter we have had some of these birds on a lake near us. I cannot get very close as you have, but had some images to share. I was not absolutely certain that they were Coots, but with your excellent share, I am convinced.

Wally Jones said...

Nice post on a great, but often overlooked water bird!
Loved it!

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