American Coot Chicks

John and I have gone to Waughop Lake trying to get pictures of American Coot chicks without much luck, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw chicks of different ages at Malheur.

This one

Coot Chick

is a good example of a very young chick. It strikes me as being so ugly that it is cute. I remember being shocked by its appearance the first time I ever saw one.

Although this one looks more like the adult, I don't know I would recognize it as a coot if I hadn't seen it with a parent.

Coot Chick

This one

Coot Chick

is clearly a Coot, but I wonder where the white front came from since neither young chicks nor adults have it.

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