I had a wonderful afternoon kayaking on the flashes this afternoon as the Swallows were out in force, Dragonfly's zipping about, Carp splashing around on the still sunlit water but the exciting thing was that the Coot eggs seemed to be cheeping. After I arrived I saw a Coot adult with 2 young feeding nearby so I went to the nest and as the family was undisturbed I was privileged to be watching a Coot egg hatch in a cute little bundle of black feathers with a bright coloured face and as they look nothing like the adults at this stage it was amazing to watch the little youngster see the world for the first time so once hatched I left and allowed the parents to return and as there are still 3 eggs left that did not seem to be cheeping yet I am guessing there either unfertilized or a few days behind.A tiny crack
A little close-up of the baby Coot resting after hatching
I will check on them tomorrow to see if the others have hatched but as its given heavy rain I don't hold out much hope to get on the water but I will do my best as another nest seemed to be cheeping as well which is another exciting nest that is a first for me and a few for the flashes to get young Grebes hatching there.
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