Whoops – American Coot on Thin Ice

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American Coot on thin iceAmerican Coot on thin ice – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Some images are simply too funny not to share. Even with those huge feet this American Coot (Fulica americana) couldn’t stay in top of the ice at a pond near where I live in Salt Lake County, Utah.

Any wonderful captions come to mind?



  1. Elijah Goodwin April 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Love it! Great capture.

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment on the Coot image Elijah.

  2. Susan April 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    What fun,guess he wasn’t expecting thin ice lol

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Another Coot has chased this one and that is why it got onto the ice, but I don’t think it knew how thin it was! Thank you Susan.

  3. Julie G. April 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Fun capture!

  4. Carol Mattingly April 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Oopsy Daisy! That came to my mind when I saw this image. Guess some birds aren’t as light as we think. Love this. Carol

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I like your caption too Carol, I kept thinking of “I wonder if she is getting my best side” for a caption. Thanks for your comment & caption.

  5. Bob Zeller April 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

    “Sure feels good on my hemmoroids.”

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      LOL, I like that caption Bob!

  6. Jim Braswell April 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Love it! The coots are funny doing about anything. They may not be the most extravagant or colorful bird, but are sure fun to watch!

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      You are right Jim, Coots sure are fun to watch. Thanks!

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