Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 298 - Eurasian Coot

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) is not the most colourful bird you will ever see, but I still rather like them.

I used to watch them as a kid while I was fishing - and they may have been in the first 10 birds I ever learnt how to identify.  They also occur naturally in Australia, which makes a change for birds from my childhood!

These pictures were taken when I was down at Point Lonsdale last weekend.




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21 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice images! Your coot is very similar to our American Coot. We did have another rare visitor from the islands, the Caribbean Coot, but the two species were "lumped" into one American Coot.

Brian King said...

Looks almost identical to our coot. Nice photos! I love the red eyes.

Ranten said...

One of my favorites! Lovely pictures!

Findlay Wilde said...

You wouldn't;t image that such an "interesting" looking chick could mature into such a handsome bird. Sorry I haven't commented much, but it's GCSE year.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I rather like them too! YAM xx

Rhodesia said...

I also love these birds, we used to see them a lot where we lived in the UK for a while but I seldom spot one here. Great photos. Cheers Diane

Linda W. said...

It has an interesting face!

NatureFootstep said...

they arrived at my place a week ago :) They are fun to watch!

Connie Smiley said...

What a striking bird! Nice captures.

Marie Smith said...

Just saw photos of an American coot. Interesting birds all!

Betty Crow said...

They are not colorful, but still I like to watch coots. This one is similar to our American Coot.

Vineeta Yashsavi said...

Beautiful bird...

Andrea Priebe said...

Well you missed the best part of any Coot ... the big feet. They look ordinary until they get out of the water then, va va voom the giant feet show up. Coots are fun birds to watch. they scoot across the water bobbing their heads and acting silly with each other. Our coots are only slightly different than yours, but to be honest I don't remember how they are different. That's what happens when you're an old poop :) Have a great week, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

photodoug said...

Stewart, saw some of our American Coots yesterday. Thanks for sharing.

italiafinlandia said...

Hello,
the Eurasian Coot lives in our lakes in Italy too.
Funny to see it.
I will link up an old post, today, but it is anyway new for WBW.
Thanks for hosting!

Missy George said...

I love the swan like position of it's wings..Handsome bird...I don't have any to share this week...sorry.

Linda said...

What bright eyes!

Beth said...

Coots have the funniest feet!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We have lots of coots in Florida. (Some where funky shirts) I love their vocalizations.

troutbirder said...

Her in Minnesota they are known locally as "Mudhens" perhaps because of how they taste?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I used to like to watch the coots 'raft' on the Lake in Oregon where we used to have our RV home. ("ours" were a different variety, but close cousin I'm sure) . We see them here in Florida too, so I guess they're a bird that adapts well to wherever they fly.