SJ5785 : Coot (Fulica atra)

taken 4 years ago, near to Moore, Halton, Great Britain

Coot (Fulica atra)
Coot (Fulica atra)
A common bird in British waters. It is all black with a distinctive white beak which distinguishes it from its smaller cousin, the moorhen, which has a red beak. Coots feed on aquatic plants, like duckweed and grasses, and animals such as snails and larvae brought up from the bottom of the pond or river. The one seen here is swimming across Lapwing Lake at Moore Nature Reserve.
Moore Nature Reserve
Moore Nature Reserve comprises almost 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds. It has been managed as a nature reserve since 1991, after being used as farmland and for sand quarrying. It is managed by wardens employed by FCC Environment, operators of the nearby Arpley Landfill site. Arpley Landfill began operating in 1988 and covers more than 500 acres. The landfill is being restored to a mix of woodland and grassland and, together with Moore Nature Reserve, should eventually provide an important public amenity and area of rich biodiversity on the edge of what is a busy, and growing urban area. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 March, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 March, 2016
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Bird (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5768 8561 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:21.9392N 2:38.2463W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 5771 8561
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Waterfowl  Water Bird  Reflection  Fulica Atra 

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