Wild-life on a lake can be interesting … especially when you begin to recognize a certain duck, coot or gull. Lake Garda has several colonies of all three of these birds. There’s one gull who passes his mornings dive-bombing any other gull that tries to land on any of the pylons near where he happens to be roosting making a nuisance of himself, the odd male mallard who’s obviously from a mixed coupling who’s set up housekeeping with a certain lady mallard. And then there’s an old coot. He appears to be a loner swimming around honking and squawking and generally making a lot of racket. However when a female swims nearby he looses his hermit qualities rather quickly and tries to mount her. Eventually the females become irritated and peck him … poor guy, he has to return to zealously exalting his qualities to every living creature on the lake, but the tourists love him and are always ready with a treat when the see him.
reflects on the lake
noisy old coot
© G.s.k. ‘16
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