I got up with every intention of working hard all day. Instead, R took me on a tour of Goodwill stores in the area, looking for stuff for his lake house. Suki went along, and I took her inside each store to avoid the heat. She got petted and cooed over quite a lot.
When I finally returned home at mid-afternoon, I noticed activity on the water. Grabbing the camera, I went out and took some photos.
The American Coot is new to the canal, having arrived only a couple days ago. This is not a duck. It belongs to its own order. Notice the red eye, and in this photo, it’s eating greens from the water. You get a better view of that eye in the second shot. That white beak and red eye give it a special flair.
First time I saw him, he was right outside my windows, but when I opened the door, he fled. I wish I could shoot from inside, but the screens make that impossible.