I may get a lot of flak by saying this, but the Mud Hen is one ugly bird.
Also known as the American Coot, this blackish bird with a white bill is easy to identify when seen. Although primarily a waterfowl, it isn’t in the duck family. It's closest relatives are rails, which are marsh birds.
I see Coots all the time. In the water, they appear rather graceful (although still ugly), but on land…well, I think the phrase “Duck out of water” was coined after first seeing this bird waddle around.
Enough of their story…8v) It’s time to show off my better images of the old coots.
Coot feeding young
Coot feeding on pond-weed
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