February 05, 2007

Running Coot

The weather has been, well, winter like.

Colder than we are used to but it is winter.

Rondeau Bay is frozen over and pack ice is pushing into shore on the lake.

Over at the marina there are only a few open patches.

Mergansers, bufflehead, goldeneye and other diving ducks are congregating in the open patches.

There are a number of coots, which I didn’t expect.

One ran over the ice to a second small opening, and then decided to make for the biggest patch.

Making a break for it

A running coot on ice is a treat to see.

Hot footing it

He's at the 30, the 25, the 20...

How to keep your balance

The wind is pushing him sideways


mon@rch said...

Wonderful action shots Ric! Love it!

Rondeau Ric said...

Thanks Tom.

Lynne said...

LOL! Thanks for the giggle this morning. I think coots are silly looking birds in the water, but running on ice takes them to a whole new sillines level!!

Rondeau Ric said...

Glad it gave you a chuckle. Yes they ae one of the silly looking birds.

Susan Gets Native said...

Aren't their feet the weirdest bird feet ever?

Rondeau Ric said...

I agree Susan. Can you imagine having to trim those toe nails?