Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

November 28, 2012

Coots at Western Springs

Filed under: Birds,Western Springs — paul @ 7:32 am
Coot and Chicks

Coot and Chicks

The Australian Coot (or Eurasian Coot, Fulica atra) is a self-introduced species (did they really cross the Tasman Sea? — or maybe they hitched a ride on a ship), protected in New Zealand, their numbers on the rise (they arrived in the fifties). These pictures are from Western Springs, where there are a good number of them all year round.

For several weeks after hatching, the chicks have this unreal coloration, which gradually becomes a drab grey, and eventually turns black with the white facial shield.

Defending the Territory

Defending the Territory

1 Comment

  1. It always fascinates me how some chicks can look so unlike their elders!
    Excellent photos.

    Comment by Hamilton — November 28, 2012 @ 8:13 am

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