You’ve probably worked out by now that I love getting photos of chicks, especially of waterbirds. So far I’ve managed to get buff banded rail, dusky moorhen and purple swamphen. I’m pretty stoked at being able to get the last two, but I really wanted to get an eurasian coot. I’ve seen photos and they are so adorable when they are tiny.
I was at Jerringot, surveying the area from the bird hide. I’d visited there two weeks earlier with Sethy, but I hadn’t been able to get a proper look. He wanted to look for rabbits 🙂 I sat for an hour in the hide, looking for any signs of movement, when I saw this.
I don’t know how old the chick is. I also don’t know why there is only just one. Perhaps this area has more predators then others? I think the markings across the chest are fascinating, as is the black line down the beak.
These photos were taken from the hide at Jerringot using the telephoto lens. I’m stoked at how clear they turned out, usually the lens gets a bit soft at 500mm.