Thursday, March 27, 2008

American Coots

These American Coots were another group of ducks by the Audubon Park rookery in New Orleans when I was out shooting there a couple weeks ago. I hadn't seen many of these before. Their striking white bills are hard to miss. The group was being rather benign and staying close together with about a half dozen more of their kind -- the group is known as a cover of Coots or a raft of Coots (I found this out from Wikipedia ). They were so dark against the reflecting water that I had to light up the picture considerably to get their red eyes to show (you may need to click on the picture and enlarge it to see that.)

--steve buser


Anonymous said...

You did a good job on this shot, Steve. Not easy to see the eyes at all. Fill flash would have helped.
This is a nice photograph.

Have a nice weekend.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

photowannabe said...

I have heard of boot scootin..not coots scooting. Lol, sorry my brain seems to be on overload today.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

We have coots here, but a raft of coots is a new one on me, what a great way of describing them....!