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yashica boy

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 319
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Found this mum coot and little ones on one of the ponds over the park only a mother coot could love a baby one!!got to admit that as babies they look orribble!!!
· Date: Sun May 28, 2017 · Views: 254 ·
Keywords: Coots
Camera Make / Model: Fuji XT1
Lens Make / Focal Length: Fuji 55-200
Filters / Type Used: Skylight
Flash / Type Used: None
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Out for a walk
State / County / Area Image Taken: Middlesex
Country Image Taken
United Kingdom
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Sun May 28, 2017 5:15pm

One really needs to enlarge the image to catch the two young coots at the water's edge. Remarkable the coloring of the heads of the young ones and how that color changes to the iconic black head of the adult coot.

I found this with a Google. The brightly colored, exaggerated chick ornament makes coot chicks more susceptible to predation and does not aid in thermoregulation, but remains selected for by parental choice. These plumes are not necessary for chick viability, but increased chick ornamentation increases the likelihood that a chick will be chosen as a favorite by the parents. Experimental manipulation of chick ornamentation by clipping the bright plumes has shown that parents prefer ornamented chicks over non-ornamented ones.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Mon May 29, 2017 7:48pm

Love this shot of Moma Coot and her babies all tucked in nicely in the nest except the two near the water. But what I love about this is the details - mainly the detail of the reflection of one of the baby coots as well as the reflection of Moma Coot. Good eye, very very good eye.

Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Tue May 30, 2017 9:59pm

Isn't nature wonderful - the Coot always building a floating nest like this, away from other possible predators.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,829
Sun June 4, 2017 12:04am

This is the first time I have seen coots in a nest Richard. Once they are on the water they are such cute little things and fair wiz along,

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Wed June 7, 2017 10:25pm

Got to admit they are ugly - not exactly pretty as adults either. You're taking sharper pictures with the new setup.

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