Quick visit to Farmoor reservoir

On Sunday I felt like getting away from my local patch, so I persuaded mum to drive me down to Farmoor reservoir a couple of miles away.

The sun was shining but the wind, as always at Farmoor, was bitterly cold.

There wasn’t much of interest around, so I just spent the morning taking photos of Coots which were all at the top end, out of the wind.

Coots dive down up to 2 metres to find food such as pondweed, snails and insect larvae. Coots bring their food to the surface before eating it, which can result in them chasing each other around trying to steal food.



Coot diving

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Quick visit to Farmoor reservoir

  1. Colts have beautiful feet. They’re migrating through our area right now. Very under appreciated.

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  2. Drew says:

    Hi Alex

    I’m a old guy in Canada who has enjoyed following your blog for a couple of years- you do a great job. Had to comment on the coots because we had lots of them where I used to live in British Columbia (now in Ontario) and their feeding behavior led me to find one of my favorite words – kleptoparasitism! You might already be familiar with it but I thought it was perfectly descriptive as I watched the coots steal from each other as they surfaced

    Thank for your great writing and photography!

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