9 October 2014
While abundant over much of the continent, American Coot Fulica americana is present here only in relatively small numbers. This little posse was discovered in Burlington swimming in a sheltered bay close to the shore.
Many of the other species on shore seemed to be engaged in a group preening event.
Only two Trumpeter Swans Cygnus buccinator were present and both were cleaning and rearranging their feathers. It is safe to say that they will soon be joined by many of their congeners and by early winter a couple of hundred will grace the bay.
Not to be outdone, Mute Swans Cygnus olor were equally attentive to their toilet.
And who can blame a stunning drake Mallard Anas platyrynchos for wanting to look his best?