SD7807 : Coot with 2 Chicks on the Nest

taken 7 months ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

Coot with 2 Chicks on the Nest
Coot with 2 Chicks on the Nest
Coots are medium-sized water birds that are members of the Rallidae (rail) family. They are close relatives of SD7807 : Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Coots, are often seen swimming in open water.

Adults have predominantly black plumage and, in contrast to the moorhen, have a white bill and frontal face shield. The legs are greenish the eyes a beautiful red colour but only seen at close quarters. The young chicks have orange-tipped plumes which make them very distinctive (and conspicuous to would-be predators such as foxes). The orange plumage usually fades after about a week.

LinkExternal link RSPB
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Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal :: SD7506

The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal is a disused canal, built to link Bolton and Bury with Manchester. The canal, when fully completed in 1796, was 15 miles long. It was connected with the River Irwell in Salford, in 1808.

From Salford the canal ran up the Irwell valley to reach Nob End, where it climbed the Prestolee Locks, and then split into two branches leading to Bolton and Bury. The canal was built principally to serve the many collieries in the area, as well as to transport other cargo such as stone and timber.

By 1846 a parallel railway had been built to Bury, and the canal went into decline. The Bolton arm went out of use in 1924, though with some minor use until 1947. The Bury arm was breached just above Nob End in 1936, but the then isolated Bury arm continued to be used until 1951, principally between the canalside Ladyshore Colliery and Bury. The final section of the canal was officially closed in 1961, and much of it was filled in.

LinkExternal link Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
LinkExternal link Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society website
LinkExternal link Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Pennine Waterways

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Date Taken
Thursday, 3 June, 2021   (more nearby)
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Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 784 076 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.8793N 2:19.6283W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 784 076
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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