Coot: the bald one | Nature Notes

It is not hard to see where the old saying 'As bald as a coot' comes from is it? This coot (Fulica atra) is proudly showing us its most distinctive feature, the white frontal shield and white beak. 
The coot is actually not black but dark grey when seen close up. You can just discern that perhaps from the lit under feathers on its front here. Apart from its white features it has no other distinctive markings. They do have remarkable feet, however

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