One serious looking Coot

One serious looking CootOne serious looking Coot – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f9, 1/320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 328 mm, natural light

Yes, I am being slightly anthropomorphic but this is one serious looking Coot. It was really looking for underwater vegetation to eat on a very cold, icy December 1st in 2009. There wasn’t much open water on the pond where I photographed this coot, most of it was covered in ice. It is not that cold today. Not even close.

This is one of the rare days that I actually used my tripod mainly because you can’t drive close to the pond but also because there was snow on the ground and I didn’t want to take a tumble with my gear in hand.

There is just something I enjoy about American Coots on icy blue water.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover December 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Life is often serious business — love this image!

  2. Humming Bird Lover December 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Hi! It is saying I see you little fish and your mine shortly! Ha ha! Have a great day!

  3. Nancy Collins December 2, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Very “reflective”! Nice shot Mia!

  4. Elephant's Child December 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I am shamelessly anthromorphic myself – and love this shot. Thank you.

  5. judy December 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Stunning photo, Mia!

  6. Patty Chadwick December 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    A wonderful, pensive shot…love tye wayer, ripples and sprinkle of diamonds on his/her back!

  7. Lois Bryan December 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    He does look thoughtful!!! Beautiful image … great work with those blacks!!

  8. SkyHawker4 December 1, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Nice Mia–looks like contemplating something.

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