Buncha ol’ coots

American coots, that is, otherwise known as Fulica americana.  In the background of the photos are visible some American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) and some double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), although neither of those species was in focus or range when I took these photos.  Finally, there are a few mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) visible in the smaller of the two photos; they’re mixed in with the covert of coots.

A small covert of American coots (Fulica americana) (156_5694)
A large covert of American coots (Fulica americana) near shore (157_5705)

[btw, the collective noun for coots is ‘covert,’ hence its use in that last statement]

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