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african jacana

african jacana
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Bright (paulbright) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 238] (2764)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-04 13:49
Viewed: 5477
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
african jacana - actophilornis africanus
common resident.
very lively bird, always on the lookout for some insects or chasing one another doing low flights calling loudly.

shot at Lake Panic Bird at Skukuza.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-03-04 13:53]

Hello Paul
great picture, wonderful sharp and colours
well done

Hi Paul,

Lovely shot. I tried to get the jackana when we were in Africa - was not successul, so am glad to see your shot, which catches him walking on the leaves perfectly. It is also called the Jesus bird, because it "walks" on water :)
I like your cropping, POV and DOF. Lovely view of the long toes on the feet.

Wow what huge feet!
I can see why this bird needs them as he walks on top of the aquatic plants. Nice capture and view of his feet as he lifts one up. He must be a bit awkward on land. I like the colours and the way he is to one side.
TFS Janice

incredible animal!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-03-04 14:23]

Bonjour Paul, je comprend mieux pourquoi cet oiseau est capable de marcher sur l'eau comme JÚsus!! il a de grands pieds!! Incredible shot of this Africana jacana that I always saw in West Africa but never with a foot out of water!! Congratulations, Didier.

Great shot showing the the jacana at its best. This is a very descriptive shot showing how the bird uses their incredible looking feet. :)

Hi Paul,

This shot shows exactly why they have huge feet! Spreading there weight over the lilies gets them places other birds might not manage!

Well done with the detail that mighty lens has gathered as well as being perfectly exposed. You have picked the right sequence here showing movement frozen instead of static.

I'm not sure why the water looks strange in the background with those lines, something to so with compression?

Nice work here my friend,


Hi Paul
I seen some in mexico could not get near them I wonder how many years it took to evolve a bird like this to in its own enviroment, great shot of the bird doing what it is best at

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-03-04 21:45]

What an unusual and interesting bird with very big feet! I really like the natural setting and the rich colors.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-04 22:21]

Hello Paul

A wonderful capture of this wading bird.I am impressed with the large feet.Well focused with excellent colours and details in the plumage.A very lovely natural setting.TFS


Hi Paul,
This is an excellent capture of this jacana!
I like so much the POV used here, to show us the large fingers on the feet, and the way it can walk over the watter leaves.
Details got on the plumage are so good, the same than the colors.
You did it very good on the composition side.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-05 0:39]

Hi Paul,

A great capture of this Jacana,we just returned from the kruger and I must say we had very nice sightings of wildlife,I could have spent a longer time in this paradise,I must confess that we did not drive the by your recommended S37,but we have driven lots of other nice roads and had (unfortunatly not captured everything on photo or film) a great time,we will certainly return once more.


Hi Paul, talk about evolving to suit your environment. I've never seen or heard of a bird like this before. Those feet are incredible. I love your composition. It shows the bird hunting those important insects etc. but while doing this you've captured him with his foot raised to show it off. Your colour and detail are great. At 400 mm, how close were you to this guy?

Thanks, John

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-05 3:30]

What a fascinating bird, Paul.
Those long long toes are an impressive adaptation of these lily=pad walkers. : )
Excellent sharpness and exposure. Colors are well-saturated.
I wish he had looked your way so we could see more of his eye.
TFS this great shot. : )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-05 3:33]

An shot excellent of this african jacena. Lovely to catch him walking with those long feet. Beautifully clear and sharp with great colours. Great composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-05 4:03]

Hello Paul,
Excellent picture of this african jacana. The way the bird is moving is amazing. And this feet. Special skis to walk on the water.
Best regards

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