As the seasons change, so do the birds we see in the area in which we live. This one probably came down the Atlantic Flyway. The easy identifier of the Coot is the white bill and the sooty black feathers. These birds like large open bodies of water, both brackish and fresh.
Normally coots are found in large flocks; they run on the water for a short distance before becoming airborne.
Coots are not ducks, they don’t have webbed feet. They belong to a distinct order Gruiformes and family Rallidae, the rails.
CootLake Bowen, Inman, South Carolina 11/18/2015
Feature Art bird photosBrigantine Wildlife Refuge Brigantine, NJ 02/21/1975 (Nikon F 500 mm mirror lens f5.6  250/sec Ektachrome 164)
Feature Art bird photos Brigantine Wildlife Refuge Brigantine, NJ 02/21/1975 (Nikon F 500 mm mirror lens f5.6  500/sec Ektachrome 164)

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About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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