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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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13 December, 2014

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

Read more: Coot: the bald one | Nature Notes