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Old Jun 4, 2009, 3:55 PM   #1
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Another from Tuesday at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach, Florida.

This bird was searching for food for a chick hidden in the brush.

How would you like toes like those? This allows the bird to walk accross floating vegitation by widening the distribution of weight.

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Old Jun 4, 2009, 4:04 PM   #2
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talk about long toes.

really like that iridescent plumage

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Old Jun 4, 2009, 4:30 PM   #3
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How would you like toes like those? This allows the bird to walk accross floating vegitation
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It also lets them turn up lily pads to look for snails on the undersides. Nice series, Ed.
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Hi Ed,

Fine shots of an unusual bird!

Not a great looking bird, but spectacular coloration and FEET! I guess we do have our share of unusual animals -- just not around Chicago. . .

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very nice.. haven't seen these before. a duck or relative??
the feet don't look defensive..
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Ed - you captured the wide range of colors beautifully! Such amazing creatures!
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Wow, amazing colour not to mention those feet, well captured.

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very nice.. haven't seen these before. a duck or relative??
the feet don't look defensive..
Roy, they are related to Moorhens and Coots. If you saw two of these fighting with their feet wrapped around each others chest, you'd think differently!
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