Numerous instances of thefts by individuals within and between avian species have been observed. Here’s one that I recently observed again that isn’t as popularly known. In this instance an American wigeon was observed following and hanging close around an American coot. Its reason for doing so quickly was revealed. When the coot dove to collect food (plant matter) the wigeon remained at the spot where the coot went under and displayed obvious anticipation in its demeanor. Then, when the coot resurfaced with a beak-full of vegetation the wigeon immediately rushed in and stole vegetation right out of the coot’s beak. This scenario repeated itself over several more dives by the coot before the wigeon finally moved away and left the coot in peace. This is something that I had observed previously between these two species and at a geographic location that is far distant from the episode noted here. I have also observed brants and gadwalls stealing vegetation from coots in a similar manner.