Coot’s Eye


While I was sitting in the lagoon and sketching, I was visited by a pair of American Coots (Fulica americana). They hung out in the water next to me and occasionally made a noise like a cross between a barking dog and a bicycle crash, trying to get my attention. They wanted my sandwich. I wanted my sandwich. Besides, you're not supposed to feed the wildlife… these little friends were persistent though. They sat with me for three hours. Staring, with beady red eyes. In case you haven't seen a Coot, they are small water birds about the size of a duck, with jet black feathers and white bills that look like they forgot to cover-up part of their skeleton. Very cool new friends. Despite the startling squawking, I enjoyed their company.

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