American Wigeon (male and female) with a male Mallard
I'm a little ashamed to say that while I have noticed bird's feet, I have never really given them much thought, except for birds of prey, who rely heavily on their feet for catching and killing their prey. But duck feet - nope, other than to acknowledge they are webbed, I haven't given them much thought at all.
Male American Wigeon
The feet of an American Wigeon are placed...well, can you tell from this picture?
American Wigeon on land foraging for yummies
There's something to say about the way they swim as well, or more specifically their swimming posture, which is directly related to the way they forage. Maybe I'll get into that another day. But for now, here's something to think about: water birds "sit" differently on the water, some ride high on the water, some ride very low, and others are intermediate in their water posture (options to consider: diving ducks, dabbling ducks and swans/geese). Any idea who does what?