American Coot By LeeAnn McLaneGoetz McLaneGoetzStudioLLC.com The American coot (Fulica americana), also known as a mud hen, have broad, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each step in order to facilitate walking on dry land. Reno Nevada #coot
The American Coot’s large feet and lobed toes allow it to float in water much like ducks, but this bird is a member of the rail family.⠀ ⠀ This photo was captured by Bill Bahmer and entered in last year’s Audubon Photography Awards. Do you have a passion for birds and photography? Click the link in our bio to enter this year's competition.