Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Eurasian or Australian Coot

The Eurasian Coot, with its sooty-black plumage and gleaming white bill and frontal shield covering its forehead, is a familiar bird across Europe and Asia as well as Australia. The Australian subspecies is known as the Australian Coot. It is a member of the rail and crake bird family, the Rallidae.






The Australian Coot is often seen running across the water’s surface or swimming in huge flocks on large wetlands, but they equally often occur on small ponds. They require submerged aquatic vegetation or mats of floating waterweed, among which they forage, diving below the surface for up to 20 seconds, or plucking the stems of emergent shoots.



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10 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Liz, great series on the Coot. I love the waterlily too. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Anu said...

Wonderful photos!

A Colorful World said...

Really gorgeous photos!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Liz, and I love the one that produced a single an egg.

Helen said...

Wonderful images!

Pauline W said...

We don;t get coots around here but I always love seeing them in other places. I think they are delightful and you have captured them perfectly.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful creature, Liz!
I really love those red eyes. :-)

Erdbeertörtchen said...

Great colors. And the last picture!♥

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great captures of the Coot! Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend to you!

Jeanne said...

You have gotten some stunning shots of this beautiful bird. It sort of reminds me of a loon. Wonder if they are in similar families? Great photos!

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