Calling Coots

The Coots at Stover Country Park are busy. I can see their nest in the bushes, barely above the water level.

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are consumed by defending their territory and building their nest. I know what’s coming. Last year I had great views of this Coot feeding its solitary chick:

This really is a Coot on a mission:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I find their chicks very appealing. It’s tragic what an easy snack they prove to be:

This one has a lot to say:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s over forty years since I first saw Coots and drew them in my 1970s teenage nature notebooks:

Their tongues are intriguing:

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

So are their eyes:

While I’m pondering, it’s back again with more nesting material.

Coot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They’re certainly hard working. Let’s hope it all pays off for them.

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