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Strutting coot

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 8 September 2011 in Animal & Insect.

Canon EOS 40D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 100 120 mm

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DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

He's a cute fellow...I wonder why some men are called "old coots?" I should Google it and see if it really has anything to do with this distinctive creature ! :-)

8 Sep 2011 5:17am

@DULCIE: Thanks Dulcie. We have that expression here too. More so heard as "silly old coot!". I had to look it up! You made me curious. One dictionary says it is an eccentric or crotchety person, especially an eccentric old man. Another derivation of the meaning can be found here


i LIKE IT, it is similar to my portrait in facebook!!!! today

8 Sep 2011 7:16am

@DIMITRIOS: Similar? I don't think so. I don't count you as an old eccentric coot either Dimitrios, my dear Greek friend!

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Umm, are you sure it's a coot? Coots have a white bill and a it's less chunky. I did try to Google to see if Oz coots are more muscley(Must be all the bar-b-q's...) but nothing came up

8 Sep 2011 8:43am

@CElliottUK: You little bird watcher you! It actually isn't a coot. (Shhh .... Don't tell anyone!) it is a Swamp Hen. Photographer's title licence! If you are into Coots I have parked a few here

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Odd looking bird, great capture.

8 Sep 2011 3:25pm

@Ralph Jones: I agree Ralph. They are a little ungainly on land aren't they?