|American Coot Foot|
Before I knew much about birding, I saw a Coot's feet and assumed that they must be camouflaged to allow them to hunt aquatic insects, fish, mussels, or other animals. But it turns out they are primarily vegetarians. When not grazing on grass, they dive for aquatic vegetation.
Coots are some of the most common aquatic birds in the US, especially west of the Mississippi. So next time you see a flock tearing up your favorite golf course, take a look at their feet and gain some new respect for them.
Oh, and one more note. Take another look at that foot picture. Does the word 'dinosaur' come to mind?