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Old Mar 9, 2012, 8:45 PM   #1
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I have not observed this before. The Gallinule has feet with very long toes allowing it to spread out its' weight and walk on floating water plants. How would you expect a bird like this to fight. Yes the feet are prominent, what do you think of the Head Lock? This was in Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida

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Ed, those photos should be published in National Geographic! They are stunning images!
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Never seen anything like this before....what a great sequence of shots.
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WOW great capture Ed, nice job

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The last three especially are just superb ! Was this a territorial or mating rights battle ?
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Ed, your ability to capture bird action is phenomenal as proved here. Great series!

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Amazing shots of some very strange birds. I've never seen feet like that before. They sure use them well to defend themselves.

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What a wonderful series! I'd be interested in knowing whether it was mating or territorial or ??? They are definitely unhappy with each other, use their feet better than I had expected.
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Ed,

I know you are in Florida, so are you sure this isn't the Tallahassee Swamp? The legislature just concluded its 60-day session, and has been called back for a special (reapportionment) session. This fight certainly would fit into that sort of territorial bickering.

(Actually, I must confess to being a political scientist, so it is all very interesting.)
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Great shots. I have seen Coots doing the same thing - it runs in the family!
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