Coots in Florida (BPW)

We returned home late on Friday from an 8-day road trip down to Florida to see the Space Shuttle Atlantis lift off for the ISS. The launch was scheduled for Monday, November 16th and, unlike last time we tried to view a launch, there were no delays and the Shuttle took off right on time.

Of course we couldn’t pass up the chance to do a bit of birding along the way. While staying on the Space Coast we visited Viera Wetlands twice and spent a day at Merritt Island NWR (which remained closed during our last Florida visit, when the Shuttle was delayed, and delayed, and delayed…). We took our time driving home and stopped at Great Swamp Sanctuary in South Carolina and even drove through Great Smoky Mountains NP.

To start off what will probably be a handful of blog entries about our trip, here’s my Bird Photography Weekly submission for this week. American Coots summer up here in Illinois, but we rarely get to see them up close. At Viera, they were tooling around in large rafts all over.

Tight Raft of American Coots

Raft of American Coots

Pair of American Coots

American Coot

>American Coot with big noms
nom nom nom

Bird Photography Weekly is a regular collection of user-submitted bird photos from all over the world. The new edition comes out every Sunday. Go have a look at this week’s submissions!

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5 Responses to Coots in Florida (BPW)

  1. Eileen says:

    Awesome shots of the Coots. Looks like they were in large rafts. It must have been cool to watch the space shuttle take off.

  2. Mick says:

    very interesting to see rafts of birds like that. Great close-up photos of the birds too.

  3. bob k says:

    Many birders/photographers tend to overlook the Coots necause they are so common and not particularly colorful but they are quite interesting birds as you have shown here.

  4. kelly says:

    …that’s a lot of Coots! I love seeing big rafts of them! Love the head-on close-up of him munching on the grass.

  5. Larry Jordan says:

    I’m with Kelly. That last close-up of the Coot munching the greenery is great!

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