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Discussion in 'Nature' started by davect01, Nov 19, 2012.
A few of the birds at our local park
Always been curious what the black bird with the yellow feet was. They always seem to remind me of clown feet.
Any ideas guys.
Whoah! I didn't know Nike made running shoes for birds!!
Ya you gotta be quick when the humans are throwing out the bread.
Think it's some kind of coot. The feet are really eye catching.
Had a bit of a dig too and yep, it's the American Coot... and the "lobed" feet are for running after all - on water! Apparently they need a run-up for take off because their wings are relatively small...
Photo by Greg Hume
Your photo is the best one I've seen during my searches, Davect01. Great detail on the feet!
Honestly I've never seen one actually fly anywhere, but when startled they will run on the water for a quarter mile or more. They're sort of like red & blue footed boobie birds- they can fly, they just don't like to.
Great info. I have never seen them run on the water, but they do have exceedingly short wings.