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Life buoy........

By Brilane
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.


Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: gazlowe, andylea, taggart and 15 more

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
30 May 2012 9:46PM
Well it was there so might as well make use of it, Well spotted. - gary

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
30 May 2012 10:35PM
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 !!
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
31 May 2012 5:59AM
Fascinating Brian, now I know why the saying 'daft as a coot' makes sense! Grin
Rgds., Jim
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 8:51AM
Well seen and taken Brian. Unusual for cootes to do this.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
31 May 2012 10:34AM
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

xwang 9 56 8
31 May 2012 2:28PM
Well spotted image... How's the garden, Brian?Smile..I'll have a look..
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:02PM
how strange, brilliant captures
2 Jun 2012 10:05PM
Excellent captured. Nice shot.
Regards, Oleg
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Jun 2012 2:14PM
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!
1881 6 India
25 Jun 2012 7:04PM
NICE work.

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