The American Coot may look duck like, but it is not related to ducks at all. This species dives almost exclusively for aquatic plants, and is often the victim of thievery from Wigeons and other ducks upon surfacing. The coot's flight is awkward and comical, and they often squabble amongst themselves, making this species amusing to watch. American Coots are likely one of the most difficult species in North American to properly expose, as its bill is gleaming white while its head often looks completely black. Low light is key with this species, and this individual was swmming around in nice evening light, with bright fall colors reflected on the water.
October 12, 2010