Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Today the coots were down by the overspill again, apparently learning how to dive underwater to get food.

One adult coot with the five baby coots swimming around

So they go down…

One baby coot diving underwater while the another paddles by

Then pop back up.

Two baby coots while a third dives under the water

Their feathers, despite looking really fluffy and soft, are really waterproof.  You can see the individual water droplets sliding off them, which I didn’t expect.  They always look a little bedraggled compared to their parents, but the feathers spring back up into nice fluffiness right afterwards.

One of them had something in their mouth. What’cha get, little coot?

Three baby coots, one with something in their mouth.