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Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Few Minutes With A Bunch Of Coots (nature photography)

Coots, sometimes called Mud Hens, are fun to watch. The coot is mainly an herbivore. But not entirely.  In the video you can see it diving.

The camera, a Canon Rebel, did a good job.  You can actually see the silvery body of the coot coming up from under the surface in one of the video clips. They stay underwater quite a while. Not as long as cormorants. The coot dives down and fetches vegetation which is a large part of its diet.

They have ruby red eye eyes and their adult feathers are slate grey. Their feet look like chickens feet that tried to be a ducks foot and gave up when it was half way done.  When they congregate in the yard they look like a flock of black chickens.

They're fun to watch and quickly learn if they can expect a hand out.

a Clear Running Water state of mind
Photographs, video and article by David H. Roche
(C) 2013

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