An Evening on the Pond

Hi there. It’s been a while, I know. Sorry about that. Sometimes, life needs a different focus.

Anyway, the other evening I took a walk around a pond near where I live. I’ve been keeping track of several young families on the pond – one a family of Canada Geese, another a family of Coots, and a family of Tufted Ducks on the next pond over. Today’s photos are mainly of the newborn Coots. They are quite special.

Two days before the photos of her babies.
Two days before the photos of her babies.
Mama Coot sits on her nest.
Mama Coot sits on her nest.
The end of another day of egg-sitting
The end of another day of egg-sitting
One of my first photos of the babies. I cropped it to make them easier to see. They're very tiny.
One of my first photos of the babies. I cropped it to make them easier to see. They’re very tiny.
Who would ever have expected red-headed babies in a black and white bird.
Who would ever have expected red-headed babies in a black and white bird.
At about 48 hours old, they're already good swimmers.
At about 48 hours old, they’re already good swimmers.
Still, they don't go far from Mama and Papa.
Still, they don’t go far from Mama and Papa.
OK, this little guy is a bit more adventurous.
OK, this little guy is a bit more adventurous.
How adorable is he!
How adorable is he!
Back to the nest they were born in.
Back to the nest they were born in.

I’ll share pictures of the Canada Goose Family, next time. I`ve been keeping track of them for a few weeks now. The Coot family was such a surprise and a treat. I can`t wait to see the babies grow up.

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