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Old 10-01-2017, 09:56 AM   #31
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There's an extreme example of this with the Common Moorhen which has its legs mounted well back on the body, but huge feet to enable it to balance. To stay balanced while walking, it has to move its head in opposition to its legs, which looks very silly.
Loons have it way worse. That's its "walk". It's pretty comparable to some seals. Penguins are better walkers than loons, hard to imagine as that is.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:42 AM   #32
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Loons have it way worse. That's its "walk". It's pretty comparable to some seals.
Wow. That is, indeed, about as mobile as a seal. I had no idea until now that the Common Loon is the same bird as the Great Northern Diver, which does sound a lot more interesting.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:45 PM   #33
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Loons have it way worse. That's its "walk". It's pretty comparable to some seals. Penguins are better walkers than loons, hard to imagine as that is.
If someone asked me to imagine a Thanksgiving day turkey covered in feathers escaping, that's what I'd picture.
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:24 PM   #34
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Wow. That is, indeed, about as mobile as a seal.
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If someone asked me to imagine a Thanksgiving day turkey covered in feathers escaping, that's what I'd picture.
They're much more adept under water. That video also shows the other reason they're terrible walkers - they've basically got frog legs.

They're so water adapted they can eat under water (and mostly do, unless it's something really big).
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Old 10-01-2017, 01:45 PM   #35
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Exactly like my imagined escaping turkey. I rest my case... my horribly confused case.

But yeah, one can't really be perfect in multiple environments. Something's almost always got to be sacrificed.
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