Sunday, 29 June 2014

Juvenile Coots.............................................................. of all shapes and sizes

While we were at Erddig last weekend it was lovely to watch all the Coot chicks on the ponds.
There were loads of young chicks still being fed by their parents...
  ...and were quite happy to come close for a photo.


These younger chicks were all on a small pond near the flower beds.

Over on the big pool older juveniles were fending for themselves.

I managed to get within a few feet as they are so used to the visitors.

 No chance of getting this close to them on my local river... their far more wary...
... and just look at those amazing feet... and this is just a youngster.

Linking to Our World Tuesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

19 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

So ugly they're cute. I love the feet in the last photo.

TexWisGirl said...

yup, so darn ugly and cute coots!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Coot chicks sure got short-changed in the cuteness department. I've never seen young coots before.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful chicks, thanks Andrew.

Frank said...

Super set of images Andrew.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Great seeing them in all of the different ages!

Brian King said...

The young ones look funny with the bald heads! That last photo is awesome!

ADRIAN said...

They are ugly birds but they do have amazing feet.

mick said...

Great photos of all those juveniles. They are cute, and scruffy and quite ugly!

Sylvia K said...

I don't think they'll win any beauty contests with their bald heads and they do have weird feet, but what great shots for the day, Andrew! Hope you have a good week!!

Gary Phillips said...

Great close ups!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Cynthia said...

I've never really noticed their feet before (probably because they are under water), and they sure are huge.

eileeninmd said...

I just love the Coot Chicks, I think they are adorable.. Great shots.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh what a find! Gorgeous photos of the chicks and other birds ~ for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Stewart M said...

The very young chicks are very, very ugly!! And we have the same species in Australia - and they don't look any better there!

Hope all is well.

Stewart M

Findlay Wilde said...

You wouldn't think that those chicks would grow in to such handsome birds. From Findlay

Margaret Adamson said...

yes the feet of a Coot are amazing. now on,y a mother Coot could love their tiny babies!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

First time to see coot babies (even virtually) ... although we see rafts of them on "our" Lake in Oregon almost every summer. Maybe not this year, since we're in Alaska instead.

bailey-road.com said...

Pretty cute little ones. Great shots, Andrew.