Feb 212012

The American Coot or sometime called the “Mud Hen”

This 13″ to 16″ waterfowl is not a duck.  It has large lobed toes instead of webbed feet.  It is the only “duck like” bird with a white bill.  They are excellent divers.  And seem to be the least afraid of us two legged creatures.  Especially when photographing from a car.  Or in this case, yesterday I sat for awhile and the Coots got used to me and came back to their fishing grounds.

To get this type of  shot I always try to keep the shutter speed above 1/5000 of a second.  It is critical because the bird moves very fast. I always shoot in aperture priority mode.  And as usual I shot wide open with an aperture of – f/4.  With the ISO at 800 the camera gave me a shutter speed of 1/6400 second.  And as usual I compensated by -3.

The shot was clean and pretty darn sharp.  Got the Coot running on water!

 Posted by at 9:24 PM

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