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This pair of Coots have decided to make their nest on a float thingy on our local lake. In version 2 the male Coot can be seen in the water, and keeps very busy all day retrieving bits of the nest, if any fall into the water. He also keeps her supplied with food.

The floats are part of the system that assists in the maintenance of the water cleanliness, and now that this pair has nested on this one it brings to mind the Rescue Buoys that, during World War 2, were moored at points in the English Channel as safety havens for aircraft crews that had to 'ditch' in the Channel, and where they could wait for an Air Sea Rescue Launch to pick them up.

Hope that you find this interesting, and thank you for looking.

Brian

Brand:Ashampoo Media GmbH & Co. KG
Camera:Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
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Title:Life buoy........
Username:Brilane Brilane
Uploaded:30 May 2012 - 7:27 PM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6535 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2012 - 9:46 PM

Well it was there so might as well make use of it, Well spotted. - gary

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2012 - 10:35 PM

Glad I am not a Coot Brian.
Can't be bothered with all that running about doing all the work for the missus.
Especially as she always buys the cheap soap,and not the more expensive Lifebuoy stuff !!
Mick.

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2012 - 5:59 AM

Fascinating Brian, now I know why the saying 'daft as a coot' makes sense! Grin
Rgds., Jim

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franken
franken e2 Member 123134 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2012 - 8:51 AM

Well seen and taken Brian. Unusual for cootes to do this.

Ken

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

Lmao at Mikbee's comment Grin

Brian, very interesting info. About both the coots and the WWII Rescue Buoys.

Fantastic reportage, these, and I find them really romantic and sweet too: how these two are making their home in preparation for the young 'uns Smile

Andrew

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2012 - 2:28 PM

Well spotted image... How's the garden, Brian?Smile..I'll have a look..

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 - 10:02 PM

how strange, brilliant captures
bunSmile

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Oleg_Lobzin
2 Jun 2012 - 10:05 PM

Excellent captured. Nice shot.
Regards, Oleg

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2012 - 2:14 PM

Oh buoy this is an amusing nature shot Brian, I'd send it to the team on Springwatch you may get featured on the BBC TV!

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1881
1881  2 India
25 Jun 2012 - 7:04 PM

NICE work.
-------------------------SANJEEV

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