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Going Deep  3I9751 | by Dr DAD (Daniel A D'Auria MD)
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Going Deep 3I9751

The Common Gallinule, also known as, the Common Moorhen, is a medium sized bird in the rail family. They are close relatives of Coots and Purple Gallinules. Like the Purple Gallinule, the Common have long, spidery toes that allow them to distribute their weight over a greater surface area. This gives them the ability to walk on soft mud and floating vegetation. A lack of webbing, however, should hinder them in swimming, yet they are, nonetheless, good swimmers. More frequently seen wading amongst the shallows, or clamoring up branches, it is rare site to see them going deep and actually swimming. #CommonGallinule

 

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Taken on January 1, 2017