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Wattled Jacana (female)

Wattled Jacana (female)
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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: 2011-08-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D3100, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-21 12:30
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Points: 42
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Wattled Jacana - Gallito lagunero (Jacana jacana) - Linnaeus, 1766

Hi everyone!

This is the same species of yesterday, but this time it's a female individual, in this photo you can see the huge legs with very long fingers, allowing the bird to walk on the round leaf of aquatic plants.



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: 10/6400 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 165 mm
Date Taken: 2011-08-18 09:55
Metering Mode: Pattern
Light Source: Fine weather
File Size: 225 kb

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Hello Jesus,
Fantastic image with a interesting species of birds. Great focus.
The exposure and composition are great.
The natural colors and clarity are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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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 13:01]

Hello Jesus,
superb bird in nice pose on leaf, wonderful natural colors, fine details and very good sharpness, very well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-21 14:13]

Hola Jesus!
Una otra bela imagen con grand nitidez y belos colores.Muy professional! Bravissimo! Gracias por compartir!
Buena semana!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-21 15:04]

Hello Jesus,
very beautiful image of this wonderful and interesting bird;
very nice and natural color; excellent light, detail and composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Jesus,

Excellent capture of this splendid Jacana bird in its natural habitat my friend, its quite a amazing how they can leaf-hop with their natural ability and long claws to balance on the lilly leaves, remarkable hey?, impressive detailed sharpness with exact depth of field to the focal point, great point of view with the added room for the environmental perspective, excellent effort here Jesus and very well done,
Best regards,


Hi Jesus,
What a crazy looking little bird, those big feet are fantastic. It looks like the good Lord forgot to give it a tail. Nice shot of the bird in the wonderful lilly pad environment. Really sharp looking image.
Well done.

Greetings Jesus,

Not much to fault with this fantistic photo! TFS


Bonjour Jésus,

Très belle image de cet oiseau dans son environnement.
Très belles couleurs.

Hi Jesus,
Wow, the colours and the composition of this natural ambient are very nice! The sharpness is impressive.
Good work!

Impeccable capture with fine white balance ...;) ...and clarity friend Jesus! Awesome work in fact! Bravo!
George Veltchev

WOW fantastic photo Jesus! Beautiful environment and interesting subject. The POV and the composition are excellent. Amazing colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-22 3:18]

Hello Jesus,
Another wonderful photo. This time of the female. Excellent sharpness and very beautiful colours. Great clarity. Pleasing DOF.

Ciao Jesus. Ambientazione fantastica e di grade impatto cromatico. Ottima profondità e dettaglio al top.


This is an unusual picture, Jesus. A bird is rarely seen to be treading over the Water Lily leaves.
In fact, these leaves make a unique BG for this very attractive capture. They also provide a scale for the size of this bird.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Jesus,
really unusual and beautiful photo. Excellent point of view. Nice colours. Many details.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Jesus
Great composition with lovely colours
super sharpness and good details
great shot thanks
greeting lou

Ciao Jesus, bellissima la femmina in una fantastica ambientazione naturale, magnifici colori e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-22 15:36]

Ciao Jesus,queste foglie galleggianti sembrano un ottimo supporto per gli uccelli e fanno la fortuna dei fotografi,composizione stupenda con la solita perfetta qualita' ed esemplare molto interessante.Complimenti e buona serata,Luciano

Jesus, this is a very good shot of this wader. Outstanding work. Great sharpness and detail. Have a great week, Bill

Bonjour Jésus,
Très bonne composition valorisant bien le sujet au milieu de splendides couleurs et dans une lumière bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-24 1:42]
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Hello Jesus,
Somehow I like this picture especially. I think it is partly due to the most beautiful big leaves of different colors and the good position of the Jacana in your composition. I have seen these birds recently in the Zoo of Zurich and looked at them for a long time. They were so funny wading from leaf to leaf and I even had the opportunity to see a couple at work :-)
Kind regards

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