Saturday 17 November 2018


The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra family Rallidae), with its sooty-black plumage and gleaming white bill and frontal shield covering its forehead, is a familiar bird across Europe and Asia as well as Australia. It is often seen running across the water’s surface or swimming in huge flocks on large wetlands, but they equally often occur on small ponds. They require submerged aquatic vegetation or mats of floating waterweed, among which they forage, diving below the surface for up to 20 seconds, or plucking the stems of emergent shoots.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. Hello, I think the Coots are cute. Great collection of photos. Thanks for linking and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thanks for the comment and visit.

  2. As common as they are here, I do enjoy seeing them on our waters. Nice photos.

  3. When we see coots in our area, it means the cold weather is here. For that reason, we're not that fond of them:-) They are fun to watch though.

  4. Loved seeing the coots, and their lovely habitat!

  5. I read your post title, and couldn't recall what coots looked like. We saw some in our trip to Dominican Republic, I think.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!


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