Eurasian coot

A bird that readily adapts to wetland recreational areas where it can get some easy pickings.  The white beak and forehead shield are distinctive identifying characteristics.  A good swimmer, it has lobed toes rather than the webbed feet common to ducks and other waterfowl.  It swims strongly, with a head-bobbing action, and readily emerges to walk about, foraging on land.  Often seen in spectacular runs across calm water surfaces.

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Photographer: Don Caswell

Photographer: Don Caswell

A flock of these birds were hanging about the tourist boat jetty at Lake Barrine.

Camera Nikon D7200, lens Nikkor 300mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO-100, handheld

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