This morning I took a spring walk beside the Lagoon. Quite a few ducklings were around- and I know Jim would have told me exactly which species these were.
But mainly today I spent my time watching four young coots on a nest, and their two parents who were feeding them.
Here are three of the four young coot waiting for a parent to bring food.
The fourth young coot was on top of the nest, next to two large eggs that seemed to have been abandoned. I wondered if they were swan eggs, but perhaps they could have been goose eggs.
Here is a parent returning to feed the young. (You can see this other shot of feeding on my 365 blog.)
In this shot you can see that the baby coot already seems to have some sturdy legs and feet.
Another feeding shot...
These young coot were venturing occasionally onto the water, but never far from the nest.