Many birds can change their shape and thus appearance by raising their feathers. A European robin in winter can be a round ball of fluff wandering through the snow, but a sleek, energetic little flycatcher in summer. Coots, however, are some of the roundest birds without actively trying that I know. As a bonus they eternally smirk at you from over their shoulder, amazingly absorb all light into their pitch black heads, and have fantastic lobed toes as an alternative solution for moving around the water from the finned feet of ducks, cormorants, pelicans, and many others.
– Coloured pencil and fineliner on brown toned paper, 14,8 x 21 cm