It was great having my camera back in my hands yesterday and though it wasn’t very birdy at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge I did find some American Coots to photograph. One of the coots had been preening when I first drove up and I hoped that after it was done preening it would shake off before heading out to eat.
I wasn’t disappointed because it helps to know your subjects behavior and coots usually shake and flap right after they are finished preening. I took a nice series of the coot flapping its wings and then settling down on the water again.
After I came home and processed my coot images I realized I had Western Grebe images showing the same behavior after a preening session that I wanted to share too.
The reason? Even though these grebe images show the same behavior as the coot images there are people, and photographers, that will like and find the the grebe images more appealing because coots are “so common” whereas the Western Grebes aren’t as much. Some photographers won’t stop to photograph the coots but they would the grebes.
Western Grebes are fairly common here in northern Utah during the breeding season but in other parts of the U.S. they aren’t common at all while American Coots can be found in every one of the lower 48 states.
Both American Coots and Western Grebes have fascinating red eyes, interesting bills and black & white plumage. I think it is interesting how one species is “liked” more than the other.
I happen to like common birds very much and I think that common birds can be uncommonly beautiful given a chance. I’ll stop for them.
Life is good.