The thousands of geese present at Blackwater can cause the casual viewer to miss many of the other inhabitants of the wetlands. At first glance the geese may be all that you see but a closer look reveals many other species mixed in. One of those species, the subject of today's post is the American Coot.
Although they look much like a duck and swim like a duck they aren't ducks; Coots are member of the rail family. Unlike the other species of rail, the coot has lobed feet; an adaptation that makes them excellent swimmers.
I could count the number of times I have encountered coots in my home area on the fingers of one hand so I was very pleased to be able to photograph this pair of American Coots foraging at Blackwater NWR.