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birdie with big feet

In a message dated 4/7/1999 3:56:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

> At 03:48 AM 4/7/99 -0400, Cliff asked:
>  >>>From: Dave Gomberg <gomberg at wcf_com>
>  >>>http://www.wcf.com/wcf/amapage.html
>  >That little birdie has some big feet. How big was that caiman?
>  Birdie was a chick, size from hand for scale.   

that birdie is a jašana, the rail-like birds that use those huge webbed feet 
to walk on lily pads.  males also hold their chicks under their wings for 

tsuh yang chen, nyc