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Wattled Jacana

Wattled Jacana
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-20 16:27
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Points: 32
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Wattled Jacana - Gallito lagunero (Jacana jacana) - Linnaeus, 1766

Hi everyone!

This is an adult male, are common in swamps and lagoons of our north central region. Birds are very lively but relatively reluctant to allow approaches, then they fly to the middle of the lagoons to feel safe.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Jacanidae
Genus: Jacana
Species: J. jacana
Binomial name: Jacana jacana (Linnaeus, 1766)

Some information:

General: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.

About this shot:
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time: 10/8000 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 200 mm
Date Taken: 2011-08-17 09:25
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 221 kb

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Gosh ...this one is sweeter than a toast with fig jam, friend Jesus! Extraordinary excellence!D3100 works!
George Veltchev

wonderful capture of pretty Jacana with D3100. great focus, splendid coloration and exposure.
many thanks Jesus for this beauty. well done

Hello Jesus,
beautiful capture of this bird in a lovely surrounding. I especially like its pose on the waterplant and the wonderful colours. Great composition, my compliments.
Best wishes,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-20 18:41]

Wow Jesus! Wonderful pic full of nice colors and incredible sharpness!
A perfect shot, indeed! Many congrats and thanks for sharing!
Nice sunday!

Excellent photo. Superb background, good details, nicely composed. Good to have the bird off centre and to show the background. regards yiannis

Hi Jesus, fabulous capture of the Wattled Jacana, splendid sharpness, good lighting with lovely colour saturation, great stuff here Jesus and nicely done,
Best regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-21 0:40]

Hello Jesus,
Fantastic photo of this Wattled Jacana. Impressive sharpness, details and DOF. Splendid natural colours and a very good composition. A beauty!

No estamos a costumbrados a ver tanto espacio en tus tomas Jesús y a primera vista choca por ello.
Me gusta el encuadre, la limpieza y el realismo de la toma. Es parecida la especie a Gallinula chloropus que tenemos aquí, aunque esta es negra completamente. El entorno es precioso... lo que me gustaría estar ahí a mi.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-21 1:49]

Ciao Jesus,magnifica specie e bellissima fotografia,la composizione decentrata è davvero un gioiello,grandi dettagli,colori e prospettiva.Complimenti e buona Domenica,Luciano

Ciao Jesus, carinissimo e coloratissimo, splendida nitidezza e magnifica luce, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-21 4:24]

Hello Jesus.
Superb image of this Wattled Jacana, amazing sharpness with a lovely highlighted eye, fabulous exposure and balance control, great POV and a good pose.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Grande propodta in prospettiva con eccezionale resa dei colori e gradevole gioco di luce. Eccellente composizione.


Interesting bird and beautiful photo Jesus! Excellent composition and impressive sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic. Interesting and beautiful habitat too. I am looking forward to see more bird photos from your new camera.

Hello Jesus,
Another great shot with your D3100 camera. The clarity, sharpness and focus are superb.

Hi Jesus,

The water plants are framing well the bird. The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Wattled Jacana. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


That is a pretty bird, Jesus!
A sharp image with beautiful colors. Excellent light and exposure.
I also like the natural background... Nice composition.
Don't jacanas have very long toes?
TFS. : )

Bonjour Jésus,
Très agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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