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Jul 20, 2015

Wading birds seen in flight

Photo by Kallol Mukherjee
Bronzed-winged Jacana
Metopidius indicus
I came across this online photo by Kallol Mukherjee in National Geographic's Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75.   What a wonderful photo of grand-looking birds.   It occured to me that we are so used to seeing wading birds, like Jacanas, standing or foraging in water or atop floating vegetation, that how they look in flight doesn't usually cross our minds.   Jacanas are found in tropical zones worldwide and have huge feet with claws that let them 'walk on water' or so it appears.   The Bronzed-winged Jacanas, pictured above, breed in India and south-east Asia.
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