Oh What A Coot!

So there I was at Marsworth reservoir, when a story began to unfold…..

Mrs. Coot was out with Calendra, her daughter, teaching her how to duck for tasty river weed…

"That's right Calendra," bipped Mrs. Coot (for that's the noise they make), "Just give it a peck and Bob's your uncle!"

“That’s right Calendra,” bipped Mrs. Coot (for that’s the noise they make), “Just give it a peck and Bob’s your uncle!”

It wasn't long before Calendra felt she could branch out on her own and collect her own river weed!

It wasn’t long before Calendra felt she could branch out on her own and collect her own river weed!

 

Calendra spotted a particularly tasty looking bit and off she went!

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Calendra tipped with elation on surfacing with some yummy river weed!

Calendra bipped with elation on surfacing with some yummy river weed!

She suddenly realised that the river weed was stuck on something…

She pulled and pulled!

She pulled and pulled!

 

It was then that her other reservoir friends noticed that she could be in trouble!

Garamundi Grebe shouted "Don't pull it Calendra….don't pull!"

Garamundi Grebe shouted “Don’t pull it Calendra….don’t pull!”

Cadwina Cormorant flapped and waved and flapped and waved all to no avail!

Cadwina Cormorant flapped and waved and flapped and waved all to no avail!

Rodrigo Red Kite peeeeooood (for that's the noise they make!) "Don't pull it Calendra!"

Rodrigo Red Kite peeeeoooo’d (for that’s the noise they make!) “Don’t pull it Calendra!”

 

Calendra didn’t hear any of them so intent was she on getting that river weed!

She gave the river weed another damned good pull….

She gave the river weed another damned good pull….

….and all of a sudden noticed an unpleasant pulling in her nether regions!!

….and all of a sudden noticed an unpleasant pulling in her nether regions!!

"What the….who the….How the….?" she bipped as she began to realise she was in danger of sinking!!!

“What the….who the….How the….?” she bipped as she began to realise she was in danger of sinking!!!

Which is just what happened!

Oh Dear!

Oh Dear!

 

But without wishing to cut a long story short…..Don’t worry…..Calendra was fine after being rescued by her daddy, Mr. Coot, who decided for safety reasons to accompany Calendra whenever she went river weed fishing!

Ah! The whole family!

Ah! The whole family!

That’s All!

See Ya xx

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19 comments on “Oh What A Coot!

  1. Why did she sink, Lizzie ? – did she get her feet caught in weed ? Wouldn’t that happen a lot, then ? How was she rescued ? Did you not want to jump in and save her ?

    • Have a closer look at the photos and you will see that the river weed is wrapped around her bottom!!!
      As to what really happened……well I’ll leave it to your imagination!!!!

      • I have been out to lunch – taken by my only Sydney friend for a belated present. You would get on as well as I do with her. 🙂 She’s gorgeous. Not sure how come I was lucky enough to have her here after Chic died, but here she is. I’m half-cut. [grin] Going for a snoozelum …

      • We had a fixed menu. Let me tell you about it, because it was WONDERFUL !
        For AUD85, we got a bottle of a really yummy Portugese wine (Las Terras d’el Rei); garlic bread; five tapas which we chose from a large menu of them; and dessert ! This last we had a choice of two, so we had 1 each and very carefully ate half of each ! – we were laughing so much, and accusing each other of going over the equator. The tapas … swoon … garlic prawns; patatas bravas; fried whiting so tiny and delicate; haloumi in dressing; mushrooms with spring onions and parsley in a sauce. And the main ingredient in all of them was – GARLIC ! I’ll bet I’d kill a passing ox.

      • And then the restaurateur, whom I’ve known for roughly 12 years, gave us each a Frangelico as a gift for my (recently past) birthday !

  2. Lovely series, and I do adore the Great-Crested Grebe. I have not seen Red Kites where I live in Kent, but I see them if I am on the M1 or Yorkshire, always without the camera. Splendid birds they are

    • Thank you. I love the grebe too, I have managed to get some photos of them coming up with little fish, about 3-4 inches long, in their beaks. I was so excited that day!! Yes we are quite lucky with kites but I really want to get a photo of one diving down to get food! …one day! Thanks 🙂

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