Monday, 8 February 2016

THROUGH MY LENS - Red -knobbed Coot in South Africa

This is another bird I photographed when I walked down to the lake while staying with frineds at their home in Johannesburg, south Africa. 

Red-knobbed Coot
36–44 cm

The most aquatic rail; sometimes mistaken for a duck; swims well, aided by long, lobed toes. Adult black with a white bill and frontal shield. The dull red knobs on top of the shield are larger in breeding birds. Juv. is grey, with small frontal shield; lacks whitish flank line and undertail coverts of smaller juv. Common Moorhen. 

Voice: Harsh, metallic ‘claak'.  Common to abundant resident at dams, lakes, slow-flowing rivers and estuaries. Often feeds by upending or diving.


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  1. I wonder it will look like a kiwi viewing from the side.

  2. The chicken looks like with us a great crested grebe.

    Greetings Eva

  3. Hello Margaret, beautiful shots of the Coot. Happy Monday, have a great new week ahead!

  4. That is one funny looking bird!

  5. That one looks very much like the Coot we have here.

  6. Red-knobbed coot, what a hoot! And a new bird to me.

  7. What an usual looking bird it is. Never seen one like this one before. Great shots!

  8. wow that is an interesting bird, I do like his red nobs...