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African Jacana

African Jacana
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-29 7:50
Viewed: 4465
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a juvenile African Jacana with its white belly and not completed frontal shield on the head.
It's also called "lily walker".

The African Jacana (Actophilornis africana) is a jacana. The jacanas are a group of waders in the family Jacanidae, which are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are 30cm long,but the females are larger than the males. They have chestnut upperparts with black wingtips,rear neck and eyestripe. The underparts are white,with a chestnut belly patch in adult birds. The blue bill extends up as a coot-like head shield,and the legs and very long toes are grey.

Food and feeding
The African Jacana's food is insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the water’s surface.

The African Jacana breeds throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The males, as in some other wader families like the phalaropes, take responsibility for incubation.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-29 8:25]

Hallo Peter,
From Senegal is a beautiful bird ..
This composition is very lovely with African Jacana. Very good capture.Excellent sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
fine capture of this elegant bird with a nice pose in the beautiful surrounding. Good sharpness and wonderfully natural colours.
Best wishes,

hello Peter,
very nice picture
great details lovely pose and beautiful colours
thanks greeting Paolo

Hello Peter,
A very interesting capture of a lovely species.
Nice colors, details and perfect focus as usual.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

nice bird flower combination, TFS Ori

Hi Peter,
amazing photo of this bird. Nice point of view. Very good sharpness. Amazing environment.
Have a nice evening,

Hallo Peter,
a very good capture of this interesting species taken from an excellent point of view in a fantastic environment, fine details and splendid natural colours
Best regards

An impressive bird in a beautiful environment! Beautiful photo Peter! The composition and the colours are excellent.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-29 10:27]

Hi Peter,
Excellent photo of this African Jacana, very interesting species, TFS!

Ciao Peter. Great capture of bird in the middle of the
scenographic wild environemnt.


Ciao Peter, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Great photos! Have you caught the full feature of Jacana, who "walks on water"! The background is beautiful, and makes us understand the environment where he lives!

Hi Peter,

Nice bird in its natural habitat with good details & good POV.
I like the flower in the picture. Well done & TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-29 12:11]

Hello Peter.
A wonderful capture of this wading bird.Well focused with excellent colours and details in the plumage.A very lovely natural setting.Best regards Siggi

hallo Peter
mooie opname met veel details
compositie is erg leuk zo op de waterlelie,s
mooie vogel en super kleuren
bedankt groetjes lou

Wonder why they call it a lily walker:-) The nice lily is looking good for a balance. Otherwise it would just be a bird. The sign of a good photographer.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-29 20:51]

Hello Peter,

Fantastic study of this lily walker in action. A nice perspective has been created with the blooming flower. Very pure mellow colors & taken from a perfect POV while in perfect focus. Great stuff!



Like a Monet painting! Good composition and colours. regards yiannis

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-29 23:00]

Bonjour Peter,
Une très belle composition avec ce "Jacana Africain" sans oublier la fleur en premier plan. Du très bon goût.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-30 2:00]

Splendid composition, Peter!
Fantastic point of view and great depth. Splendid colours and light. Excellent sharpness.
Well done!

Hello Peter,
A very nice shot of this juvenile African Jacana, great highlighted eye, good sharpness details, lovely natural setting and great composition, a very lovely nature shot,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

PS: Thank you so much for your nice wishes on my birthday, I really appreciated!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-30 5:52]

Very fine species in its natural habitat, fine composition with the lily. tfs.

Espectacular conjunto y de una gran belleza. Sorprende el gran tamaño de la flor.
Bien elegido el ángulo de disparo.
Saludosd Peter:
J. Ignasi.

Hi Peter, Wow what a good capture of this fine Bird, splendid sharpness, nice and well composition with the white Lilly to balance, great effort Peter and very well done,


Bonjour Peter,
Il me semble que le plan d'eau penche légèrement sur la gauche mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien présenté dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter!
A very stylish picture showing this sympathetic african Jacana.I ´d so much have its elegance...eheheheheh
Have a nice w-end!

Hello Peter,
What an excellent composition of the bird, flower, water and lilly leaves with extraordinary clarity, beautifull colours and detail. In one word, just great.

Hi Peter,
excellent postcard!!!
TFS, Ferran

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-09 5:54]

Hello Peter,
a lovely and cooling view of the bird with the lotus. Excellent composition that add artistic composition.
An excellent job .


Hi Peter,

The water lily are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the African Jacana. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice dy.


Hallo Peter
I have seen fristly this pretty jacana in Sudan. Lastly, I have met it in Ghana in last week. It is always one of my favourites. You nicely captured it on water lily. Focus, POV and composition very nice.
Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well done

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