Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Red-knobbed Coot x Eurasian Coot

Twice during visits to the Marismas del Odiel in May this year, June and Ray Tipper saw a Red-knobbed Coot that appeared to be paired with a Eurasian Coot. In fact, on 28th May the birds were seen copulating.

Hybridisation between the two species has been recorded in the past but as far as we have been able to find out, doesn't seem to be common.

We returned to the site today to check on progress and found the birds still together but we could see no sign of either a nest or young. No doubt we will be having another look at them in a week or so.

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