Wednesday, March 7, 2018

One Old Coot Meets Another

As a birdwatcher, I have wanted to see a coot for a very long time. And this has been the week!! Here he is on a local pond diving and eating green plants!


You can see how windy it was by how his feathers are blowing.


A coot is NOT a duck, and does not have duck feet. Here is a picture I found on the web of his feet! And he can really speed  around fast!

“In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.
Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen…
Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.
Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.
Your hair turns apple-blossom white…”



Ecclesiastes 12

13 comments:

Ann said...

I have never seen a Coot either and beyond hearing the name knew nothing about them. Looking at it I would say it's a type of duck so now I know that it isn't. Those feet are pretty fascinating. I'm thinking those claws could hurt

Cherish happy moments said...

Never see before ,what a greet feet..Greetings,Joan

Sandra said...

those are the cootest feet I have ever seen. no really, i mean it. never seen any feet like these. i was expected and OLD COOT like what we called my dad when he acted OLD... beautiful NOT a Duck.....

Chris Scheuer said...

How fun that you got to see this guy! I had no idea what a coot was.

Tamago said...

I don't think I've seen coot. Beautiful black feathers and his red eyes are striking! And his feet! No doubt he can swim really fast!

Shug said...

unusual feet.....I haven't ever seen a coot...but they sure are cute little things...
have a great day

DawnTreader said...

Love the feet! :)

Christine said...

I have never noticed the feet of a coot before! How extraordinary!
There are coots about on the lakes here but I've only seen them in the water at a distance.

crafty cat corner said...

Love those feet, lol
And Ecclesiastes has got it about right, getting old is no fun except maybe for the apple-blossom hair, that's not too bad.
Briony
x

Ruth Hiebert said...

They are an interesting bird.We have many of them around here in summer.

Karen said...

That is so interesting! I've never seen one that I can remember.

Nancy Chan said...

This is the first time I see a coot and it has very unusual feet. The verse is so true about old age!

Sandi said...

COOL feet!

So a coot is a really thing??