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Wattled Jacana

Wattled 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: 2013-09-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 5:45
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken from a small boat with a monopod as support.

The Wattled Jacana (Jacana 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 17–23 cm 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.
Young birds initially have entirely white underparts, and can always be identified by the presence of white in their plumage.

There are six races, with the nominate J. j. jacana being the most widespread. Several of the other subspecies are similar, but J. j. hypomelaena of western Panama and northern Colombia has all the chestnut plumage replaced by black, and J. j. scapularis of western Ecuador has some black feathers on its chestnut shoulders, and white outer primary feathers.

This species produces a range of noisy rattling calls.
The Wattled Jacana's food is insects, other invertebrates and seeds picked from the floating vegetation or the water’s surface.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

A beautiful Jacana captured in a superb pose and along with lot of other elements makes for a wonderful composition. Truly superb result even from a boat.


Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Jacana.Sharpness and details are excellent.Colour is also very beautiful.Nice capture with its reflection.With due respect,I would like to see little bit more place in left side.To me,it would be more beautiful.Just my opinion.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful bird,
Regards and have a nice time,

hallo peter
super mooie opname met veel details
licht en kleuren zijn weer prachtig\
scherpte en compositie is super

bedankt weer gr lou

Hello Peter,
I never seen this Wattled Jacana, here in Santiniketan only bronze wing and pheasant tail Jacana.
You captured it very well with perfect colour and sharpness.
good natural ambiance.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-08 9:07]

Hi Peter,every thing is good to be a tripod,the important is the result..ehehe..and i'm watching a magnificent specie in a perfect capture,great details,colors and reflections,magnificent rare specie,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Great time great compo MF Peter! Details and DOF perfect. Wonderful colours and amazing reflections.


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-11-08 10:26]

Hi Peter
most beautiful picture with perfect compo and nice mirror image

Hallo Peter,
Zoals gebruikelijk deze foto van de Wattled Jacana is haarscherp met uw merk,. . . fantastische details en kleuren. Uitstekende lage POV en positionering van de vogel. Ik hou van de weerspiegeling in het water. Grote foto mijn vriend.
Met vriendelijke groet,

Dankie vir die mooi woorde. Ja, ek was 'n bietjie siek en toe 'n operasie maar hoop om nou weer voltyds op TN te wees.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird, fantastic reflection, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Fascinating Peter. It appears as though it is holding a sleighbell from Santa's Sleigh in its beak.On the focal you caught all the best parts in crisp sharpness with a bit left for reflection then OOF to concentrate on the focal. Doe by a pro for pros.

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-11-08 14:35]

This Jacana, as in our rivers, in my coastal Santa Fe (Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, my city, being surrounded by rivers and marshes that form a labyrinthine complex of wetlands and islands). Gorgeous image and magnifies the opportunity to capture the reflection as a beautiful compositional argument.
Very good work, Peter!

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  • subbu68 (211)
  • [2013-11-08 21:41]

It's a beauty. Superb colours, correct lighting, eye contact and the reflection makes it standout. Excellent shot.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-11-09 0:45]

A good picture of an excellent moment, the reflextion on the water is also great Peter. Congratulation.

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture,impressive pose taken from best PoV and nice timing.Great details and dynamism within.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-11-09 1:34]

Hello Peter,
beautiful bird,nice picture species,thanks..

Hello Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的水鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到 真的很新奇
光線亮麗 動作好可愛 也很逗趣 鏡頭抓的很棒的動作配
構圖美麗 背景深遂 謝謝分享

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-11-09 4:36]

Beautiful bird and image...good composition and like the reflection too. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-09 4:53]

Hello Peter,
very fine double presentation of this waterbird, so well shown with some capture in the bill. Good sharpness reached with the help of the monopod. And a good light at disposition for a luminous picture. Thanks!
Have a nice weekend

Beautiful bird and impressive photo Peter! Very good POV, nice pose, very good composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-09 19:32]

Hello Peter,
I photographed one of these beautiful birds while in Nicaragua and like yours, mine was also shot from a boat. Your image turned out much nicer then mine did this shot shows excellent detail.
I love the contrasting rusty brown and black plumage, red wattle and bright yellow bill they sport. I see you also captured a fine reflection which is an added bonus to an already beautiful image. Great work!!

Hello Peter.
Well done. Very good picture.

Hi Peter,
What a spectacular photo! The composition with one big ring on the water surface, with the reflection and the pose is simply second to none. Excellent timing and exposure. Without doubt the photo of the day to me (although it wasn't posted today, hah).
Best regards, László

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-11-10 12:22]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic details and nice colours.
Good reflection in the water.
Regards Jiri.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-10 19:20]

Hello Peter
such a wonderful capture with the colours and details well presented. How I like the reflection, giving a pretty composition.
The natural scenery is so pleasant and attractive.
Nice composition.


Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this lovely water bird with superb DOF, sharp details, colors and composition. I like the wonderful reflection. I was wondering what food he's picked with his yellow bill. It doesn't look like some sort of insect or seed or invertebrate. Great job, Peter, and thanks. Have a nice weekend!
P.S. Sorry there's no point rating signs below, so I have to give you two point with a smiley this way.

Hello Peter

The beautiful light and color tones, with the reflection of this
wader bird on the water it is a big part of the beauty of this photo, TFS


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