Heron track with 6-inch ruler for size comparison. Notice how the three forward toes are not in alignment. This is the left foot. The two outer toes (on the left in the picture) stick out at a slightly offset angle. The two inner toes are in line, as they would be expected to look. This arrangement of the toes may give the heron greater stability when it is walking in the deep mud and water it often hunts in.
Kim Cabrera (photographer; copyright holder; identification)
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