This is an American Coot I captured at Silverbell lake in Tucson, AZ.

Taken with my Canon Powershot S5is.

Often mistaken for a duck, the American Coot is a common waterbird. Its all black body and white chicken-like beak distinguish this swimming rail from the real ducks.
Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck. Instead of having all the toes connected by webs, each coot toe has lobes on the sides of each segment.


arizona, coot, silverbell lake, tucson, sherry pundt


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Great clarity and details, I love the transparency of the reflection. Great work!

  • Thank you so much Lisa! The reflection is what caught my eye!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Nice image Sherry and a great reflection too. Nick x

  • Thank you Nick, its always a pleasure coming from you!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":
    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you Joycelone!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    July 20, 2010

  • Thank you very much Teresa for the honor!

    – Sherry Pundt

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, congratulations!

  • Thank so much! Also thank you for taking the time to veiw.

    – Sherry Pundt

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You’re very welcome Sherry

  • Marie  Morrison
    Marie Morrisonabout 4 years ago

    WOW ! amazing capture ! perfect ! :)

  • Thank you so much Marie! I couldn’t beleive the water was so still.

    – Sherry Pundt

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Cute Coot!! I thought they looked more like a Duck!!

  • They do look alot like a duck when they are in the water and far enough! Thank you.

    – Sherry Pundt

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