Photograph - Photograph
A close-up side view of the head and neck of an American coot. Photographed at Lake Parker Park in Lakeland, Florida.
This image has been featured in the following groups:
A Birding Group - Wings,
Birds in Focus,
Coastal Water Birds-Shore Birds,
FAA Portraits - Birds &
Wild Birds Of The World – Photography
A common bird of freshwater wetlands year-round throughout much of the peninsula and the panhandle in the winter. The range includes most of the United States, year-round or winter in the southern states, extending into the midwest and Canada during the summer.
Appearing somewhat duck-like, but with a bill like moorhens and gallinules, and lacking webbed feet. Stocky, smaller than most ducks and floats high on the water. The color is dark gray to black with a white bill. Adults have red eyes and a small deep-red patch on the forehead that is usually only noticeable at close range.
Coots eat mostly aquatic vegetation, including algae, but occasionally feed on small insects, crustaceans, snails and more.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
March 11th, 2018
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