Taken at a small lake near Winterthur.
Didn’t realise that coots have so amazing, interesting, strong, scalloped toes rather than webbed feet until I saw this one out of water.
Coots can walk and run very quickly on their strong legs, and their long toes are well adapted to soft, uneven surfaces.
The phrase " as bald as a coot" is very old and is referred to in John Lydgate’s Chronicle of Troy, 1430: “And yet he was as balde as is a coote.”
as bald as a coot