Sunday, 27 March 2016

Patch Birds: The Coot.






A regular sight around the Great Pond on my local patch during Winter and Spring is the Coot (Fulica atra). Unlike some larger water-bodies they only ever appear in very small numbers with currently just a pair in residence.

 How they never seem to trip over their own feet I'll never know!


18 comments:

  1. Their feet are hilarious. Lovely sheen to their plumage on bright days

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  2. Thanks for sharing that interesting info about their feet. I have only seen them in the water. Stunning images!

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  3. Cheers from Japan! ! Happy Easter to you and your family.
    Ryoma

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  4. I think your coot looks like ours also, with the crazy big feet! They are such cute little birds. Some of ours are quite tame.

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  5. Pretty birds! I love those feet. I've always thought I have big feet, but my feet are nothing compared to that. :-)

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  6. Three great shots and a wonderful reflection in the first shot. I love their funny feet.

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  7. Wonderful images. They are so unusual looking. Especially the feet.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  8. Funny legs. No wonder it did not sink on top of the plant.

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  9. Great set of photo's.
    Yes, their feet are almost too big aren't they!!!

    All the best Jan

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  10. They do have big feet! One of the few native birds we can both see on the same day.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Great pics, never seen feet like these.

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  12. I've never seen a coot - not sure they exist on this side of the pond. What a funny little fellow! Very cool!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-endless-variety-of-orchids.html

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  13. Their feet looking so funny...

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  14. I love the Coots and their weird feet, great shots! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  15. This Coot has such a white forehead. What a beautiful up close photo. Hope you have a fun week ahead! Happy birding!

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  16. Coots are common but they are worth our attention!
    Strange you mention seeing them in small numbers, here we sometimes see flocks of 60 to 80 individuals feeding together!
    Lovely photos, Frank!

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  17. Nice shots Frank. Not the easiest of plumages to capture well. All best, Tim

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