Maybe it’s the June rain and gloom, maybe it’s just the way I normally am, but I am getting really sad over the coots growing up.
Their coats are starting to look a lot more like their parents’ coats, and some of them are getting the white badges.
Soon these noisy little monsters will be leaving the nest, and making their own home along the canal.
And now I’m sad.
Who are the best coots in the world?
The ones that are really close to the canal side when I need to take photos of them in the pouring rain.
I really like seeing how the water stays on their back like that, in perfect beautiful droplets on top of a fuzzy grey surface.
It also looks like one of them is starting to develop the white spot on their head. They grow up so fast!
Also: random heron:
Uh-oh, who’s coming at me?
They’re coming right for me!
Wait, where’s the baby?
Aw, family time.
Also, a random dog enjoying a walk.
If that woman keeps on feeding them in the morning, I might as well give up trying to take photos during my morning walk to work, because they know exactly where she lives and know that this is the place to be.
At least one of them was a little adventurous while waiting for a free lunch, but still too far away for me to get a decent shot.
But the bigger adult – yeah, right there. Lovely shot.