Lasalle Marina: American Coots

What a wonderful time of year to photograph waterfowl.  Irrespective of lens size Lasalle Marina has something for everybody.

On Tuesday I noted an influx of birders with scopes and telescopic lens. Curiosity always gets the best of me. I headed over and ultimately learned that a male king eider had been spotted in the distance.   I tarried with the others for about 40 minutes. Don’t judge. I wasn’t wearing winter boots. My feet were cold. I didn’t have a scope. Note to self, get yourself a scope. All is not lost, here is a picture of the king eider off in the distance, from my viewpoint, without a scope. Yeah, I couldn’t see it! Final note to self, get yourself a scope.

I need a scope

I need a scope

I returned about an hour later and the eider was no closer to shore. A real pity.  I did feel privileged to have a member, ever so briefly, of the throng.

I just love, love, love, love the American coot. What a fascinating little bird. You have to remember that I have never encountered the species in my “charmed” life.  I have had dreams of 30 to 40 coots populating my imaginary estate. I understand they’re a quarrelsome lot but I saw no evidence of such behaviour.

American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

American Coots

American Coots

Click to view at a larger size.

I’m also a big fan of mergansers.

Hooded mergansers never fail to strike me speechless.

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Merganser (Female)

Hooded Merganser (Female)

If you have opportunity to visit Lasalle Marina, it’s well worth spending the day. The marina offers ample opportunity to photograph and/or observe birds, meet fellow birders, enthusiasts, etc.

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