The Bronze-winged Jacana is a wader with long legs and freaken long feet and claws. Well, these features are essential to the bird’s habit in the preferred habitat. It is usually found in swampy areas, rice paddies, ponds, and lakes. Found in all Southeast Asia and is also breeding in India, it lays four distinct brown eggs on a floating nest in which the male incubates the eggs and when they have hatched, the male also carry the chicks on its wings when floating on water. Its diet consists of insects and other invertebrates found on floating vegetation on water.

Listed as Least Concern bird, this is such a lovely find anywhere in Thailand. Though it is large in nature, make no mistake this bird will run away from people when its comfort distance is violated. Unless you are in a hide, this bird will be difficult to get the right exposure since it is black from the head down to its breast to the tail. On top it is bronze like or brown, plus the beak is yellow like, the white stripe on the eyes can be tricky.

Pak Plee, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
September 25, 2016
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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