“Running on Water”

“Running on Water ” by Max Wood

In the early morning light, young photographer Max Wood captured this coot escaping a fight. With wings flapping, the bird runs across the water surface. Each slap and stroke of a foot provides a portion of the vertical force needed to stay atop the water; lift from its wings provides the rest. With enough speed, the bird will take off. Some birds, however, are born water-walkers; certain species of grebe don’t need to use their wings to run on water. (Image credit: M. Wood; via BWPA)

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