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Cootest Wordless Wednesday Ever

American Coot
American Coot

This fun American Coot was walking the runway for me on Saturday and I thought it would be the Cootest Wordless Wednesday to publish!

American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

I love the way it was sporting its glossy gray-black feathers and yellowish-black legs. Its bill flashed with white with a small red frontal-shield above the bill and its bright red eyes.

American Coot

American Coot - Feather cleaning

American Coot

American Coot - feet
Coot Feet

When found floating the coot would bobble up and down like unwanted junk drifting in the water. Multiple times the coot would diving underwater to locate plant material and then return to the surface to only have it food stolen by the Ring-billed Gulls. This coot still proudly walks the runway giving me every opportunity to photograph its best sides!

American Coot
In the water!

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22 responses

  1. Great photos! When I’ve taken pictures of them in the water, they always seem to have a washed out look with very little detail.-They look so much more interesting out of the water.

    17 March 2009 at 7:36 pm

  2. Pam

    Ohhhh, how cool, Tom!!!!!

    17 March 2009 at 7:41 pm

  3. Gorgeous birds! I can’t get over the detail in them out of the water. Very nice.

    17 March 2009 at 7:50 pm

  4. That coot is certainly a poser! Wonderful photos!
    P.S. Thank you for the TATS!!!

    17 March 2009 at 8:14 pm

  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    I know coots are one of the most common birds on the planet but I do like them. Their cherry red eye and those funny feet. I like to see them when they are younger and their feet and legs are that limey green. I saw a coot with that color legs standing on ice many years ago and I thought it would make a wonderful picture. Of course I didn’t have a camera at hand but the image has stayed in my mind.

    17 March 2009 at 9:03 pm

  6. Wow! Cool pictures! (I got the tats. Thanks! They’re cool, too!)

    17 March 2009 at 9:45 pm

  7. Those coot feet are really cool. Is there significance to the way the feet are shaped? They almost look jointed? Or padded. Something.

    17 March 2009 at 10:17 pm

  8. I love their feet…wacky yet functional.
    Good photos, Tom!

    17 March 2009 at 10:29 pm

  9. They sure have some large feet. Really large for their size. I’ve never seen them out of the water, either, and they are pretty neat. Wonderful pictures.

    17 March 2009 at 10:29 pm

  10. I have never seen one out of the water either. They do look like chickens.

    17 March 2009 at 11:07 pm

  11. Nice post and photos. A beautiful bird and those eyes are really something!

    Happy WW! Mine this week involves waiting and dog drool… still kind of cute, though.

    18 March 2009 at 12:33 am

  12. I have never before seen a coot out of water!

    18 March 2009 at 6:33 am

  13. Great photo. Coots are not easy to shoot. Get the blacks right and you blow out the white bill. Get the white bill right and you underexpose the black body. You seem to have hit is right on for this one. Well done!

    18 March 2009 at 6:36 am

  14. P.S. I really like the close-up!

    18 March 2009 at 6:38 am

  15. Love those feet!

    18 March 2009 at 6:51 am

  16. Sarah

    I have never seen this bird before. It does have fun feet though. I think I like this bird. Just wondering how a wordless wednesday can have so many words, that is a little odd. And I guess I would have to see it to believe that in bobble up and down like unwanted junk.

    18 March 2009 at 8:26 am

  17. I’ve never seen a bird quite like this one! It’s ‘cootness’ really grows on you. Good job on the pics, Tom.

    18 March 2009 at 9:22 am

  18. By far the best look I’ve had at a coot. Usually they are all squabbly and frenetic. Thanks Tom

    18 March 2009 at 10:12 am

  19. Marg

    I never get that close to a Coot-their feet get me every time!

    18 March 2009 at 1:17 pm

  20. great job thank you for keeping us informed!

    18 March 2009 at 4:29 pm

  21. Nancy

    I have never seen a coot… in or out of the water! What a treat! Surprised that there is no webbing on those most unusual feet. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures!

    18 March 2009 at 6:07 pm

  22. Nice of it to pose so nicely for you – great photos!

    18 March 2009 at 7:14 pm

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