Coot walking on the ice
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Nice picture and interesting feet
The coot has amazingly powerful feet. I wouldn't like one to grab hold of my arm.
Coots feet are large and "lobed" which enable efficient swimming, an alternative to webbed feet
Thanks Alan. I had wondered how these birds could swim so quickly with what looks like awkward feet. I do know that they can hang on to the large branches at the side of the water - something the ducks can't do.
i saw a coot the other day and was amazed with the feet.
Lat/Lng: 53.592, -2.8478
OS grid ref: SD439109