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.
Lake Bowen, Inman, South Carolina 11/18/2015
Brigantine Wildlife Refuge Brigantine, NJ 02/21/1975 (Nikon F 500 mm mirror lens f5.6 250/sec Ektachrome 164)
Brigantine Wildlife Refuge Brigantine, NJ 02/21/1975 (Nikon F 500 mm mirror lens f5.6 500/sec Ektachrome 164)
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