Friday, 5 May 2017

There are just five babies now.  Since two of them are visibly larger, I’m guessing the two that are gone were probably late hatchings and were easy to pick up by predators.

One of the adult coots preening while the babies hang out around the nest

They were all hanging around the nest today, which made it easier to get closer photos, and I managed to actually get my phone to focus right today.

One of the babies swimming around the canal

One of the adults was picking up twigs and other debris to add to the nest – I guess the squatting ducks pushed everything out of place.

The adult coot picking up twigs

But the two bigger babies are happily swimming around and causing trouble.

Two baby coots swimming by the canal concrete banks.