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.