Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the great fortune to photographically doc 85% of the chook species added to my “Life Checklist.” This weblog sequence showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and somewhat in regards to the surroundings and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog sequence begins with the primary LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) > Jacanidae > Charadriiformes
IDENTIFICATION: Fancy-looking, vaguely chicken-like chook of freshwater marshes, lakes, and ponds in tropical lowlands, domestically in highlands. Walks with high-stepping gait, typically on high of floating vegetation (notice its very lengthy toes!). Grownup is chestnut total with black head and neck; immature appears to be like very completely different, with creamy-white face, neck, and underparts. Brilliant yellow wings placing in flight, when birds normally give shrieks and different raucous calls. Flies with stiff wingbeats and glides, the lengthy toes trailing out behind.
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Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting
DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: Maria and I arrived early to the Cobá Archeological Zone with hopes of avoiding massive crowds. The lagoon was quiet and peaceable after we arrived. We birded across the fringe of the lagoon briefly as we waited for the ruins to open. I noticed a Grey-crowned Yellowthroat, Least Grebe, Limpkin and Snail Kite. All attention-grabbing birds, however not lifers. After touring the ruins for a few hours (6 LIFERS!) we had lunch on the restaurant, Maria washed her fingers and left her binoculars there (ugh…) and I went for a stroll alongside the sting of the lagoon. I virtually instantly noticed a single Northern Jacana scoot throughout the tops of the lily pads. I snagged one shot of it in partial flight displaying its yellow underwing linings. It was then joined by 3 immature birds and one other grownup. I ended up seeing Northern Jacanas amny instances in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
PHOTOS TAKEN: All photographs have been captured on the Cobá Lagoon close to the doorway to the archeological zone entrance.
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Sequence.