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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-11 2:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bronze-winged Jacana, Metopidius indicus, is a jacana. It is the only member of the genus Metopidius. The jacanas are a group of waders in the family Charadriidae, 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.

The Bronze-winged Jacana breeds in India and southeast Asia. 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.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are 29cm long, but the females are larger than the males. They are mainly black, although the inner wings are very dark brown and the tail is red. There is a striking white eyestripe. The yellow bill extends up as a red coot-like head shield, and the legs and very long toes are grey.

Young birds have brown upperparts. Their underparts are white, with a buff foreneck.

The Bronze-winged Jacana's feeds on insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the water's surface.

Call is a wheezy piping seek-seek-seek given mostly in alarm.

When forced they sometimes choose to hide by submerging themselves. The male may carry chicks between the wings and body.

Length 280-310 mm Wing 150-197 mm (males 150-180mm , females 167-187 mm) Bill from tip to top of frontal shield 34-46 mm (adults) 32-38 (juveniles) Tarsus 61-76 mm Tail 40-52 mm.

Hand held shot, not upto the mark but I wanted to post it as I was intrigued by their ability to walk on those huge water lily leaves. It presented a nice effect with the water rolling in. Evening sunlight and I was not able to have an ideal POV, I just took the shot from where I was standing, not wanting to disturb the bird. I like the setting, hope you-all like it too.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Jacanidae
Genus: Metopidius (Wagler, 1832)
Species: M. indicus

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Hello Sumon, it'a a beautifull shot, good sharpness and colors, nice composition,
welle done,

Hello Sumon,
This is elegant, with feet designed to walk on the giant leaves!!
Good details in this nicely composed image!
Pablo -

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-11 3:12]

Hi Sumon,
I like this bird, specially its long fingers to walk over the leaves. Good composition, details and pose.
TFS, José M.

Hi Sumon,
An excellent capture...Outstanding composition with great detail and DOF...Very well done...


A very unique background so complex yet natural. Very well composed and notes great.


Beautiful and well captured. Seems to be a close relative to the Galinule, which you can find in Europe and the Americas.
Very similar - just different in color! Very interesting to see!
Cheers! Klaus

PS - here's a link to see what I'm talking about.
Purple Galinule and Common Moorhen(Galinule)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-11 7:42]

Hello Sumon,
Brilliant capture of this Jacana in a beautiful pose. Excellent sharpness and colours showing the beautiful plumage. A lovely composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-11 8:09]

Hi Sumon,

What a fascinating looking bird! It's amazing to see him walking on those lily pads. Beautiful colors, fine details and a magnificent setting.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-11 8:36]

Hello Sumon,
This is a brilliant capture of a Bronze-winged Jacana, showing up sharply and well against the lilly pads. The irridescent colours show up well in this lighting. I have taken a couple of shots of it in Goa, but as they were digiscoped at a distance the quality is nowhwere near as good as this.

Hello my friend,
Superb captured with this beautiful bird!
perfect sharpness with awesome colour and details
very well composed and well seen
It's nice to know that your pc is back at work now so that we can admire and enjoy more of yours wonderful works coming!
best regards always

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-11 15:21]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful Jacana
He poses for you gracefully, great POV and
composition, very sharp image


I love the shot too, for all the reasons you stated. It is a marvelous composition and wonderful to see the bird, with those amazing feet, walking on the lily pads. Thanks for sharing an unique image.

Evelynn ; )

Belle photo de cette poule d' eau qui n' a pas l' air effrayée du tout. Belle prise, jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.Amitiés Thomas

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-11 18:53]

Hello Sumon

A wonderful shot of this colourful wading bird.The leaves it is standing on are amazing themselves.The composition is lovely with very good focus and sharpness.Very good detail in the plumage,legs and feet.Well done.TFS


Nice Jacana image Sumon.
What huge feet this bird has! Interesting scene with the bird on the lily pads. Good POV but feather detail could be better. Good color.

A great original image, Sumon. Can't think of a bird standing so very confidently on a broad leaf of some acquatic plant. There is nothing familiar to me here, so I am simply stunned at the uniqueness of it.
The image has your great compositional skill in evidence once again.
Thanks for sharing this unusual image and best regards.

Hi Sumon Da,
Another excellent capture. I am planning to buy a better camera. When I get one shall contact you to learn about bird photography. Very nice details and composition. Just Excellent. Thanks a lot for sharing.

The Jacana almost seems to have some irridescence to some of its feathers. Good clarity and color. Well done.


Amazing how that bird walks on those pads.

Great shot - great colors andwonderful scene you captured. Educational and pleasing to the eye at the same time. :)

Hello Summon,
This bird have very impressive feet :) I like this pose you capture with very good exposure, details, POV and composition. This is a very nice specie. Thanks,

Hello Sumon,
Cette poule d'eau en équilibre sur ces grandes feuilles, donne une vision particulière. Bravo pour cette composition originale.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-13 0:45]

Hi Sumon,
Very nice composition and details, I liked those water lily leaves a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-13 1:06]

Hello Sumon,
Very special birds indeed. It is so interesting to see their skill to walk on the leaves in the water. I hope you didn't have to make the same!
Interesting picture and note

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-14 10:11]

Hi Sumon

This shot is nicely composed. The colours and light are excellet as well. You have caught the irridescent colours in the dark feathers. I love the big feet!



Me muero de envidia cada vez que veo la fauna y la flora de La India, tal como podemos observar en esta toma. Buen documento. Saludos Sumon.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-14 23:06]

Hello Sumon,
Magnificent scane.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,big legs:),framing and exposure are also excellent.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-15 0:30]

Hi Sumon.
What a [pictorial shot with amazing scene and scenery. The bird image inderlines the richness and beauty of pictured place. Excellent POV and sharpness of all image. Nice bright colours. Pose of the bird and exactness of its shapes are so attractive. Well job and TFS.

Hello Sumon
très bel oiseau.
très belle photographie.
très réussi.

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