First time I saw Eurasian coot babies I thought they looked like punk rockers with their red-yellow head full of sticky feathers. Later on they get bold and reminds like vulture with their bold heads.
In Finland Eurasian Coots breed in the end of April, usually 4-12 eggs. The chicks hatch at different times and leave the nest at the age of 3-4 days and return to the nest overnight. The mothers defend the nest and later the chicks furiously and unhesitatingly attack even the larger intruders.
Nests of ducks are often seized and used as roosting sites, the unfortunate owner’s eggs being pushed off into the water. Young ducks and grebes are sometimes killed. The nest is often a floating raft of vegetation. Both sexes share incubation and care of the young. If food becomes scarce, the young birds may be killed by the parents.
Very endangered in Finland
Did you know that Eurasian Coot if very endangered and protected in Finland. Even it is protected, It is one of the game birds. It is very hard to understand why hunting is allowed.
I hope these photos help to protect Eurasian Goot. It is characterful bird and fun to watch.
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Minna from Finnish nature 😊