Birds are feathered reptiles. Recent discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in China strongly support the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Turtles are, of course, reptiles first appearing in the fossil record about 200 million years ago.
When I first saw this Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) and a group of turtles (they appear to be Northern Red-bellied Cooters, Pseudemys rubriventris) together at a local lake last weekend, my immediate reaction was to grab the camera, hide behind a tree and take some shots. Then, it gradually dawned on me that I was witnessing a reunion of distant relatives even though the participants seemed to be ignoring each other. But, hey, how friendly would you be if some of your 200-million year old relatives showed up for a visit?
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