All five babies are well on their way to adulthood, although adulthood apparently means also waiting around for that one woman to feed them. Hanging out with ducks, too, and we know what a bad sort they are.
But the Mama Coot is still sitting on her nest, so I’m hoping for new babies to pop up soon.
One of the babies is now off by itself, doing the things coots do.
The other four still hang around one of the parents, but I have a feeling that on Monday, I’ll come back, and they’ll be off enjoying their freedom.
Goodbye, babies. I’ll miss you.
It’s been storming quite a lot, with gale winds. Which means there’s a lot of leaves and branches in the canal.
Which is great for the babies, because it means nice branches to nibble leaves off of.
What I like seeing is that they’re growing up, but because there’s just the tiniest bit of difference in their ages, they have different rates of growth. Like these two:
But they’re definitely growing up. Soon they’ll leave, and I won’t get to take pictures of them any more.
But wait – what’s this?
Could new babies be on the way?
They’re started getting the white bits on their feet!
No, babies, no, you are growing up too fast!
You’re going to leave soon and break my heart.
But you started fighting ducks. That was hilarious.
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.
Baby coots are noisy.
They keep on shrieking as they’re swimming around, looking for their parents, making sure they’re around, trying to keep track of where the food is.
It’s funny, because:
A) They’re RIGHT THERE
B) There’s food ALL AROUND YOU.
It’s just a good thing they’re so cute.
They were down by the possible bird feeder’s house again today, showing off their clean and shiny teenager coats and learning how to dive.
I love the way the white on their neck and breast just grows gradually grey as it moves up.
There’s a footbridge that goes from Castle Boulevard to Castle Marina retail park. Past the bridge, there’s a smaller coot nest with what looks like just one brand new baby.
I’m not going to get regular pictures of these new babies, but it’s great to see them!