Monday, 12 June 2017

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.

Coots waiting for food while ducks fly around

But the Mama Coot is still sitting on her nest, so I’m hoping for new babies to pop up soon.

Mama Coot sitting on her nest

Friday, 9 June 2017

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.

One adult coot and four teenage coots

Goodbye, babies. I’ll miss you.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

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.

One baby coot gnawing on a branch

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:

Two baby coots

But they’re definitely growing up.  Soon they’ll leave, and I won’t get to take pictures of them any more.

One baby coot

But wait – what’s this?

An adult coot sitting on the nest

Could new babies be on the way?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

They’re started getting the white bits on their feet!

One baby coot on the overspill

No, babies, no, you are growing up too fast!

One baby coot standing on an overspill

You’re going to leave soon and break my heart.

But you started fighting ducks.  That was hilarious.

One baby coot chasing a duck while another duck runs away

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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.

Two baby coots

Their coats are starting to look a lot more like their parents’ coats, and some of them are getting the white badges.

One adult coot feeding a baby coot

Soon these noisy little monsters will be leaving the nest, and making their own home along the canal.

Two baby coots and one adult coot

And now I’m sad.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Who are the best coots in the world?

One baby coot and one adult coot

The ones that are really close to the canal side when I need to take photos of them in the pouring rain.

Two baby coots and one adult coot

I really like seeing how the water stays on their back like that, in perfect beautiful droplets on top of a fuzzy grey surface.

One baby coot and one adult coot

It also looks like one of them is starting to develop the white spot on their head.  They grow up so fast!

One baby coot and one adult coot

Also: random heron:

Heron in the grass

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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.

Three baby coots and one adult coot

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.One baby coot

But the bigger adult – yeah, right there.  Lovely shot.

One adult coot

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Baby coots are noisy.

Two baby coots

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.

Two baby coots eating algae off of the canal bank while the adult coot looks on

It’s funny, because:

One adult coot and one baby coot

A) They’re RIGHT THERE

A baby coot eats algae while the adult coot looks on

B) There’s food ALL AROUND YOU.

Two baby coots swimming while the adult coot looks on

It’s just a good thing they’re so cute.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

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.

One adult coot and one teenage coot

I love the way the white on their neck and breast just grows gradually grey as it moves up.

One teenage coot

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.

One adult coot and a new nest with one baby in it.

I’m not going to get regular pictures of these new babies, but it’s great to see them!