Last week I made my annual visit to the coots at Palmerston North.  This year I struck the jackpot!  Two nests close to the bank, one of which had newly hatched chicks – exactly what I was after. The lake is used for many sporting activities with canoes and each year the coots take advantage […]

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One of the reasons for stopping at this location was to check on the coots.  Their chicks are so ugly when they hatch that they are the cutest little things this side of the moon!  They have a very bright yellow/orange colouring on their heads for such a short time and most of the chicks […]

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Yesterday I went in search of Australian Coots and as I knew there was plenty of them at the lagoon in Palmerston North, that is where I headed.  I was hoping there would be very young chicks in the nests but unfortunately I think I was a week or two early. Many of the pairs […]

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When I first saw the coot I thought it was a small pukeko, but the colouring is all different, so I had a second look. I had seen photos of the Australian coot before but never really taken much notice of them before in the wild. Amazing what a camera will do for your perspective. […]

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