Even though it's normal for this bird to be by itself, I couldn't help feeling a little sorry for it being all alone and getting bullied by everything from Mallards to Egrets. I got busy with work towards the end of October and haven't been back since then to check on it - I'm hoping to make it over there this weekend. Wonder if any more have shown up...
You can just barely see a few of the spots that give this bird its name. They are much more prominent during breeding season. In the off-season, it reverts to a snow-white belly.
Yup...he knows I'm looking at him.
This shot shows a few more of his spots.
One of the few times I actually saw him venture into the water. Right after this, a Snowy Egret came by and chased him back onto the shore.
So very cute! I look forward to getting some photos when all his spots come back in (assuming he's still around then).