Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lily Trotters

Two species of birds in Uttar Pradesh are famous lily-trotters - literally! The Jacanas (pronounced "Ya-sah-na") have incredibly long toes that spreads out their weight allowing them to walk even on floating leaves. As if this were not fascinating enough, both are really easy on the eye! The top two photos are the Bronze-winged Jacana - very widespread even using heavily disturbed wetlands close to habitation. The bottom-most photo is of the elegant Pheasant-tailed Jacana which is much rarer and seems to shy from human disturbance. (Photographs date: May 21, 2009)

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