The Current Normal – So Ugly, They Are Coot

These photos were taken on June 14/20.

Another group of new babies I wanted to see down at the lake was the coots. A few years ago, I did not even know that coots were a thing. Then, we saw them in Yorkshire, England and when we got home, I noticed them on our lake. I guess I was oblivious.

This year, the coots were residing on the island, far from even my long lens. There was a lot of coot fighting going on, splishing and splashing. Not even sure what that was about, perhaps territorial.

So, I concentrated on those shots and then low and behold, mom and pop took their little yellow baby coots out for a swim. Maybe, I will have better luck next trip,

Cootie Pies

Tucked in between their coot Mom and Pop,

spiky yellow chicks bob up and down.

With beak and face that a clock would stop,

dressed as they are, each looks like a clown.

Nonetheless, Mom and Pop are so proud,

nasty comments, they don’t give a hoot!

Swimming about in costume so loud,

their babies are so ugly, they’re coot.

I told you to stay away from my neighbourhood!
coot face off
OK, OK, we are going.
Come on, my beautiful little boy, we are safe now.
Coot, real Coot. Now stop hitting your sister.

11 thoughts on “The Current Normal – So Ugly, They Are Coot

    1. Too true. I have always been amazed at these little ones. Too bad they were so far from the shore. Coots are very protective parents and do not tolerate human gawkers well. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  1. Can’t wait to get out and see wildlife again. I’d be happy about pretty much anything at this point. I hope all is well. It’s been raining all week and we hope that the sun is going to come back by the end of the summer. Fingers crossed 😀 Take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. There is nothing quite like nature to mellow you out. Hope you see some wildlife soon. Warming up here right now, first day without rain in about 2 weeks. Supposed to hit +30 C for next couple of days and then +26-27 for the rest of the week. Sending you sunny wishes, Aiva. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan


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