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A Family Affair

By teocali
A Coot Chick about to be given a feeding lesson by its parents. 7.7m from subjects, handheld.

Coot (Fulica atra), Family (Rallidae) All-black and larger than its cousin, the moorhen, it has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' above the beak which earns it the title 'bald'. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes, which act instead of webs when swimming. It patters noisily over the water before taking off and can be very aggressive towards others.
Seen mainly all year round on freshwater lakes, gravel pits, reservoirs, rivers and town park lakes when deep enough. Sometimes seen offshore, especially in winter if freshwater areas are frozen.
They feed on vegetation, snails and insect larvae. (RSPB)

Many thanks for your comments on my last upload - really appreciated, as always Smile

Tags: Family Feeding Coot Chick Fulica atra Parents Lesson Wildlife and nature Affair Rallidae

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Oct 2012 10:46PM
Nice bit of narrative about the species, Sylvia, and a very well captured family group.

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A typical scene well-captured. Lovely.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
3 Oct 2012 8:28AM
Lovely nature capture................SmileSmile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:30AM
great little family pic
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Oct 2012 12:49PM
Won't be long and they'll be aggressively chasing it away, strange birds Coots....Excellent imagery Sylvia.

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
3 Oct 2012 3:55PM
Has a school classroom feel about it Sylvia - lets hope the little one was attentive... Simple and effective nature photography at it's best...

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Oct 2012 6:33PM
A delightful family portrait Sylvia, the proud parents and the adolescent are all posing superbly for you

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