Sunday, 2 October 2016
On our visit to the lake I spotted this coot proudly running off with it's big catch.
This sequence of shots shows how the coot likes to wash it's biscuits before eating.
I don't know the reason why it does this, perhaps it's too salty, or it likes to soften them for ease of digestion, or it may be purely habitual and washes all of its food.
Either way it seems very pleased with its self.
While I watched I saw another bird attempt a fly-by snatch and grab, but it missed. I wish I had caught that on camera!
Coots frontal shield gave rise to the phrase "as bald as a coot", in use as early as 1430.