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Comb-Crested Jacana

Comb-Crested Jacana
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-15 15:48
Viewed: 5065
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot at Horse Shoe Billabong in Lakefield National Park, The road from Cooktown is a 4x4 track with many steep climbs and several river crossings.

The Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Lotusbird or Lilytrotter, is the only species of jacana in the genus Irediparra. Like other jacana species, it is adapted to the floating vegetation of tropical freshwater wetlands.

This species is unmistakable. It has a black crown and hindneck with a fleshy red wattle covering the forehead and forecrown, contrasting with a white face and throat. There is a broad black band on the lower breast with white belly. Underwing black. Back and upperwing mainly grey-brown with black primary coverts, rump and tail. Long legs with extremely long toes. Measurements: length (male) 20-21 cm, (female) 24-27 cm; wingspan 39-46 cm; weight (male) 85 g, (female) 140 g.

It occurs in southeastern Borneo, the southern Philippines, Sulawesi, Moluccas, Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea, New Britain, and northern and eastern Australia. Its habitat is freshwater wetlands with abundant floating vegetation, such as water-lilies or water hyacinth, forming a mat on the water surface.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-08-15 17:21]

Hola James: Que hermosa esta exótica especie, no la conocía y se ve muy bien en su habitat, debe ser muy dificil fotografiarla por su rapidez...saludos

Ahhh.. another great post My Big Bro James. What a lovely, cute bird. The red crest is impressive... you captured it in a fine pose.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

hello James

welcome back to TN

excellent photo of this wader bird with very fine POV, DOF
and framing, i love that in the image there is all the reflexion
of the bird on the water, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-15 21:50]

A superb capture James!
The Comb-crested Jacana was a species we hoped for but missed.
The lighting, POV and timng to see the special way of walking is great. Nice composition with its reflection and reeds.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-16 0:57]

Hello James,
Great photo of this jacana. Beautiful light and colours, good sharpness, details and an excellent POV and composition. Nice reflections.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-16 2:12]

Slav James,
A very good capture of this interesting bird.Excellent sharpness and impressive colors.Thanks for sharing.

Hi James,

Lovely closeup shot of this beautiful bird with adorable red crest!
I like the bright colors of the this bird, shown with great sharpness and from a nice POV. Well done!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

This is such a lovely bird!
Very nice shot, sharp, detailed and beautiful note, too!

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2009-08-16 5:00]

What an incredible bird! I really would love to see that for my self... ;o)

And you managed to get this beautiful photo of it, how great. I really like the pose and the composition.. well done! Good note too!


Hi James,

Well composed and good color tone!
I saw this bird firstly and interesting in red color of head. And, it draws out a good effect in the entire image on the shadow stalk and bird, I think.


Hello James, a lovely capture of this cute bird with wonderful details and beautiful composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-17 1:52]

Hello James, superb shot of this lovely looking colourful bird.
TFS and G's,

Hello James,

Excellent capture of this jacana. Love the light on the water, wonderful refelections, excellent details in the plumage, spot-on composition.

t.f.s Rick :)

hello James
what a great capture for pretty Jacana species. I know them only from books and documentary films. I hope I can see it in nature, in future.
you are lucky to see it and capture such a great presantation. many thanks for sharing it, with a good informative notes. best regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-21 3:15]

Have to confess to have never even heard of this bird before, let alone seeing one! A fine capture though, well composed, sharp and great exposure.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-28 17:10]

Hi James,

I wasn't fortunate enough to see a Comb-crested Jacana when I was in Australia. He's so cute - he looks like he is wearing a red hat! A fine shot with excellent colors and details. I love the setting and the reflection.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-29 7:56]

Hello James,
What a beautiful Jacana you captured in Queensland! Presumably not easy to see! Excellent capture with sharp focus on the eye and showing the red crest very clearly. A fine composition too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello james,

an very nice image from this bird witgh good low pov.
I like the refelection in the water.
Fine colours.
What an beautiful bird.


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