Walking Meditation With An Ol’ Coot (#736)

On a walking meditation thru the Japanese Garden in Coos Bay, Oregon (dedicated to their sister city of Choshi, Japan) I was greeted by an unusual bird.

It walked beside me, pecking at the ground, glancing warily my way, probably expecting a hand-out.

Little beggar bird, I later found, is an American Coot. I have only ever seen these birds flying away from me as I kayaked various lakes and rivers.

This being my very first time seeing a Coot up close and personal, I was taken with its dark red eyes and large feet.  Instead of being webbed like a duck’s, they are lobed.  Pretty cool for a crazy ol’ coot.



About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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2 Responses to Walking Meditation With An Ol’ Coot (#736)

  1. Alice says:

    Oh, my goodness! That’s so strange! I’ve seen pictures of coots before (LOVE the dark face and red eyes!) but for some reason, I guess they never showed its feet. They look comically fake. Mother Nature never fails to surprise.

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