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

New life

The Coots on my local lake had six chicks earlier in the year. All of them were eaten. They built another nest …

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

Coots and Moorhens

Coots and Moorhens are fairly familiar birds of lakes, ponds and canals. They are both members of the Rallidae, a family which include Rails, like the …

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

And then there was one.. again!

I’ve loved watching Coots have ugly-beautiful chicks and the dedication of the parents to raise them. One of the pairs on Stover …

Bird Portraits at Daisy Nook - The Hall of Einar

Bird portraits at Daisy Nook

Birds have evolved a wide range of faces. Here’s a Coot with that large white faceplate: And a Mute Swan with a …

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

Coot cuties

Last week this Coot was sitting on six eggs. I waited until the incubating parent had a brief rearrange of their eggs …

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

Running late

Having a family is a stressful time. It’s particularly difficult if you’ve laid six eggs and have to incubate them and turn …

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

Nesting Coot

The scientific name of the Eurasian Coot is Fulica atra. There are currently ten species of Coot worldwide; there were eleven species, …

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

When Kingfishers attack

There’s a flash of electric blue and a Kingfisher arrows past on its intensely important mission. Coots beware!

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

Coot kerfuffle

I’m looking up a tree when there’s a bit of a kerfuffle on the lake. Coots are deeply territorial birds. Or terror-torial. …

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

Coots’ Nest

I’m up at dawn, which is unheard of for me, unless I’m in Orkney, where getting up is aided by the distinct …

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

Calling Coots

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

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

And then there was one

I make the last minute decision to go to London to meet friends and go to a concert. I pack a bag …

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

Tender moments

We are witnessing a tender moment at the lake: a Coot is feeding its only chick: It is picking morsels of food …

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

Old red eyes is back

Coots have extraordinary eyes. The irises of this one are red: Sometimes, however, their irises are dark red or even brown. I’d …

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

Feathered friends

There’s time to visit Stover Country park and see some wildlife today. I’m taking my dad along so he can experience one …