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Signs of Spring: Cute Coot

Coot Chick (Western Springs)

Coot Chick (Western Springs)

The coots have hatched at Western Springs! Don’t they look irresistible in their artsy makeup and hairdo? Certainly more imaginative than the adults. But the colour will be gone in a few weeks’ time, when they turn grey and eventually black with white bill and forehead.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Coots (Adult and Chicks)

Coots (Adult and Chicks)


  1. VioletSky

    oh, he is adorably scraggly!

  2. Mama Zen

    He’s so cute!

  3. Sylvia Kirkwood

    Oh, I love these scraggly little ones! Such fun shots for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!


  4. Julie

    I know the quake is on the south island, but take care. I am thinking of you.

  5. joan

    Talk about an ugly duckling .. I thought chicks were usually cute and soft and fluffy … not this little guy.

  6. jeff

    Great shots…young coots are…interesting looking 😉 Peace

  7. Manang Kim

    Oh my these is cute!!

    Weekend Reflection

  8. ann new zealand

    Hi Paul,

    are you a professional photographer? Your photos are certainly a very high standard.

    I like the baby coot.

    On Wednesday, I took a foreign visitor to Western springs. I miss out for forgetting my camera. We saw baby Pukeko and the parents were fussing over it.

    Then we look up, hundreds of sea gulls were circling like your terns in your last post.

  9. Gine

    Oh ! Terrific !

  10. joco

    Not too keen on the scrawny young ones, but love the colour play in the water left hand down area.

  11. herta

    Scrawny or not,are there any ugly babies or not?
    Ask the parents,
    however the photography, not bad, not bad at all!
    Wishing you all a splendid Father’s day!!

  12. viola

    Thanks for your comments! Many wonderful photos of the lovely birds here! 🙂

  13. paul

    Thanks for all comments.

    @Ann: no, not a pro, but serious amateur – thanks for the compliment.
    I have not seen any baby pukekos, only a juvenile.
    Yes, it is quite spectacular when the gulls lift up, circling the lake.

  14. michael

    Those coot ducklings are so ugly they are darling.

  15. JM

    Glad you have posted a photo of the mother as I would have never guessed what they would look like as adults! They look so cute and funny! 🙂

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