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American Coot

American Coot
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 7:06
Viewed: 2710
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This American Coot was captured on Murray Lake near Medicine Hat, it was early in the morning and he was looking for breakfast.
American Coot
Fulica americana
By Jim Davis

The American Coot breeds throughout Canada, excluding the Arctic. In the United States it breeds from the Great Lakes to the mid-west. It also has a year round range; on the west coast from southern British Columbia to Central America, in Florida, and in the Caribbean. In Alberta they are found wherever the appropriate habitat exists, more commonly in the parkland, boreal forest, and grasslands regions.

In the winter, outside of their extensive year round range, they migrate to the west coast of British Columbia and southern Alaska, Baja California, Central America, and the American Southeast. The preferred breeding habitat, like the rest of the rail family is freshwater marshes with cattails and sedges. More like ducks, they prefer areas adjacent to open water. Although their feet are unwebbed, each toe has lobes to aid in swimming. When approached they screech an alarm cry and scurry to cover. In smaller water bodies with young that can't escape, the parents will boldly approach sounding an alarm call.

The diet is primarily green plant material and seeds, with lesser aquatic invertebrates.

The nest is a shallow saucer shaped mat constructed of reeds and sedges that often float within the marsh edge. To accommodate the large broods, the pair construct several nests or brood platforms. The female lays 2-22 buff eggs with dark brown spots, which the pair incubate for 23-24 days. The young fledge at 49-56 days. Occasionally two broods are produced.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-20 7:31]

Hi Rick

Very nice shot here. Very good DOF and lovely light/colours.

I have these(Eurasian though) and Moorhens in my garden regularly (I back onto a river - well old dyke)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-20 8:00]

Hi Rick,

great shot, i like the light patch on his front especially, nicely composed too.



Hi Rick,
very nice shot, lovely colour tones, good sharp image, nice point of view,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-20 11:23]

Hello Rick,
nice shot of the American Coot from your archives. This is sharp with a nice composition among the waterweeds and with excellent lighting.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-20 11:45]

Hi Rick,

I have never seen a Coot! I like the deep colors, the beautiful setting and the red eye!


Hello Rick
Excellent shot of this American Coot,
Great focusing and compo,Fantastic colors
and BG,Welldone.


Very good image again...
Difficult fellow to photograph; you manage to get a lot of detail in the black area.
Well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-03-20 20:04]

Hi Rick
very nice picture .Very sharp with nice colors and DOf.Also very nice job on the details of the black of the head.

Hi Rick,
nice shot of the "mud hen".These birds sure are shy when compared to ducks and to date ,I have not got a really good photo of one.Your photo has the same sort of overexposed bill as all my coot photos,this is something I'm not sure how to compensate for but in the end it is just to minor a point.The thing that I like about so many of our water foul friends are the red coloured eyes that so many of them seem to have.Jim Davis's note is good and useful.I have decided to return to uploading photos to TN but only one or two times a week as I have spent far too much time on the net.Besides Jay (Shoot Score)got me thinking and he is right so now I'm back to stay.
Happy first day of spring 2007 to ya. Bob

Rick it's not often I hoot for a coot < the old familiarity I suppose > but I like this shot. Catching the coot in its habitat grazing is somewhat uncommon to duck-hounds. ;) So much better than some floaters!

OK with this photo you have also passed an amazing milestone.
Allow me to congratulate you on 3000 points! With some 115plus photos posted that is quite a nice accomplishment! Again congrats! Thanx for sharing almost daily! I know how much time this eats up! So long, Jay

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-21 1:50]

Hello Rick,
I like the light on the bird and on the scene, and the way it is swimming among the water plants in its natural habitat.
TFS. ; )

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-22 7:41]

The colours here are pure drama, despite the peaceful quality of the scene. Grand capture, superb composition

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-22 10:44]

Hi Rick,
I'm still tying to get a decent shot of this bird they not very photogenic. You did excellent , having the leaves surounding the bird does set a wonderful scene. Very nice sharpness and the colors are great. Very well done on the composition ... and the red eye works here very well ;-).

great capture of this coot, I always find the eyes hard to capture properly but you did a good job.


Hello Rick, :)

*What no new photos today? Hope you are well.*

This is a lovely capture of this Coot, great natural setting and your sharpness is fantastic. Love the lighting and detail that is shown off by the glow. Very well done! You know your my rock star on here, take care. I'll be checking in on you soon.


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