Category Archives: Coot

Making ripples

Early morning at Manly Dam, near Sydney. I think the bird is a Eurasian Coot, but it’s too far away to be sure. One thing I’ve noticed is that whenever I publish a more philosophical type of post on this blog, there’s a coot in there somewhere.

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A coot and a metaphor

At first there’s nothing but the universe. The water and the sky. Then suddenly, there you are, in the middle of it all.

Common name: Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra

Approximate length: 35 cm

Date spotted: 23 April 2017 (Autumn)

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’27.7″S 151°15’05.9″E

Reflection symmetry and a coot

Manly Dam was quiet and calm when I strolled along its shores early this morning. I was struck by the patterns made by these reeds and their reflections in the water.

Reflection symmetry - reeds in the water

It’s a little mind boggling, isn’t it? Where does the real reed start and end? The finest of abstract art. Here’s the same set of reeds but with more around them:

Reflection symmetry - reeds in the water

A different configuration:

Reflection symmetry - reeds in the water

Another shape to bend your mind:

Reflection symmetry - reeds in the water

Bubbles had reflections too:

Bubbles on the water

Since this is a blog about birds, I should probably include one. 😉 This Eurasian Coot was enjoying the morning quiet:

Euarasian Coot

Here’s the bird again, tucked away in the centre left of this mass of reflections:

Reflections

Common name: Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra

Approximate length: 35 cm

Date spotted: 22 January 2017

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’27.9″S 151°15’05.5″E

Swimming across the sky

Reflections at Manly Dam.

In the background you’ll hear Australian Ravens cawing, Wattlebirds croaking, and Whipbirds whistling.

Pacific Black Duck

Common name: Pacific Black Duck

Scientific name: Anas superciliosa

Approximate length: 45-60 cm

Date spotted: 25 December 2015

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’55.0″S 151°15’19.7″E

Eurasian Coot

My bird book calls this coot dumpy. An interesting fact is that the coot has flattened toes rather than webbed feet for efficient swimming.

Common name: Eurasian Coot

Scientific name: Fulica atra

Approximate length: 35 cm

Date spotted: 25 December 2015

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’55.0″S 151°15’19.7″E