Monday, March 16, 2015

American Coot...

Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck. Instead, each one of the coot’s long toes has broad lobes of skin that help it kick through the water. The broad lobes fold back each time the bird lifts its foot, so it doesn't impede walking on dry land, though it supports the bird’s weight on mucky ground. The lake was frozen over so the only option was to forage on the surrounding grounds. 








Note the size of the feet.









7 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Precious Coot, beautiful images.

TexWisGirl said...

such neat birds! just love those wormy feet!

Ela said...
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Ela said...

Just beautiful birds !
Great shots !

Ela said...

Just beautiful birds !
Great shots !

Frank said...

Excellent series Larry.

Their Common cousin over here is quite a good ice-walker.

alp said...

Unas preciosas imágenes.... Un abrazo desde Murcia.