I am sure that any of us who have watched Coots (Fulica atra) will have seen a few squabbles on the water from time to time. It usually all happens so quickly that it is difficult to see exactlly what is happening but this week I managed a few shots (sorry but not top quality because the gear wasn't set up for speed!) that shed some light on the use of those extraordinary lobed feet.
I initially spotted one individual, head down, 'in attack mode' heading speadily across the water ......
This shot shows one foot firmly pressed against the others breast but who actually has the upper hand?
For a close up of those extraordinary feet just click here. FAB.