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Wattled Jacana


Wattled Jacana
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Copyright: Kris Kearns (kkearns) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 60] (244)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 9:15
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wattled Jacana is a wader which is a resident breeder from western Panama and Trinidad south through most of South America east of the Andes.

The jacanas are a group of wetland birds, which are identifiable by their huge feet and claws that enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone.

The Wattled Jacana lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest. The male, as with other jacanas and some other wader families like the phalaropes, takes responsibility for incubation, with two eggs held between each wing and the breast. The females are polyandrous, and will help to defend the nests of up to four mates.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are 17-23cm long, but the females are larger than the males. The adults have a chestnut back and wing coverts, with the rest of the body mainly black. In flight the greenish yellow flight feathers are obvious. The yellow bill extends up as a red coot-like head shield and a reddish wattle, and the legs and very long toes are dull blue-grey. There is a long sharp spur on the bend of the wing.

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Hi Kris,
Definitely a Jacana with these very long toes. The latter can be seen very well despite the water and the reflections.
Interesting capture and content.
TFS
Annick

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