Coots – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Forty years ago I made a pencil sketch of a Coot on its nest. I was inspired by seeing an adult with a tiny baby Coot in the reeds in a dried-up pond on Ynys Bŷr, known as Caldy Island, which is just off Tenby in South Wales.

Coot - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Today I’m in Italy and am astounded by the number of Coots here on the beautiful lakes and lagoons

Coots - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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