I’ve spent some time recently walking along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal in London. This photo shows the canal near Victoria Park.
Tomorrow’s post has photos of the scenery, but today I just want to show you some birds from the canal. Adult coots (fulica atra) are a common sight in Britain and Ireland with their black feathers and white heads….
….. but I had never noticed their offspring until I spotted this nest through the reeds.
Even from a distance I could see that the chicks were not sporting their parents’ sleek monochrome look. But until I saw one close up I didn’t realise how funny it looked.