Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bronze Winged Jacana

Its been more than a month since my last post here. I have been busy with my captains exams which I finally got done with, hopefully I can now get back to what I most enjoy doing.
Navi Mumbai is a hot-spot of wading birds, and in one of the swamps I spotted these Juvenile Jacana's (Metopidius indicus). I was surprised at how comfortably they walked with their enormously elongated spider like toes. The widely spreading toes help to distribute the birds weight and helps it to walk along with ease over floating leaves and stems. I could not spot an adult today, may be some other time. I stayed at a far off distance since it appeared to me that the birds were wary of my presence. I seriously felt the lack of a longer lens today or at least waterproof boots to walk in the swamp.

1 comment:

  1. Hey a good one!

    I remember watching a bird like this before on Attenborough's 'Life of Birds'. He made a reference to this bird as the "Jesus Bird", thanks to it's unique feet. Just confirmed that it was Jacana...