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Eurasian Coot (toes detail)

Fulica atra


A Eurasian Coot's partial webbing (swimming assist) on its long strong toes, looking very prehistorical. The pictures are taken from a natural corpse - a specimen that hadn't the luck to survive the extreme cold of the recent days (up to -25° C and pack ice).

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LarsKorb 3 years ago

Thanks, Stian.
@Apple: Yes, #3 shows the webbings' function best - i found the #1 photographically best...couldn't actually decide which one to put in front...had low setting sun and I didn't want to turn the corpse around to catch better light for showing the function in a more beautiful way...I left the corpse like i found it, btw.

Apple 3 years ago

Wow, I can see the series in an art gallery, beautiful and creepy. My favorite shot is #3. Nature is very cold sometimes but no matter what it is always beautiful.

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 3 years ago

It's very sad that the coot didn't survive the cold, but that some amazing details on the feet

LarsKorb 3 years ago

Yes, it's sad but in this case the natural way of selection. And indeed, I never would have had a chance to come that close to the webbings of the toes.

KarenL 3 years ago

Sad that the coot did not survive the freeze but a great opportunity for us to be able to see the detail of the feet.

Jeannette 3 years ago

Very nice :)
Sad that it couldn't survive, but that's life :(
Yes they look prehistorical :)

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein (Landmasse), Germany

Lat: 53.94, Long: 10.87

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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