Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jacana plonks eggs on pool weed

Nesting no big thing in world of Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea). But usually the eggs are plonked on growth or debris more substantial - and less exposed - than Azolla, in a shallow creek pool.

This is probably the male, today seeming to avoid going near the new-laid eggs, yet never quitting the pool. Not sure if he's accepted responsibility for sitting, and the rearing. Presumed female egg layer, seen briefly, lacked colour: may be young, and unwise in egg plonking. Time may tell.

Meantime, here's another Jacana, showing off those toes!!!   
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mick said...

That last photo showing the 'toes' is really great!

Denis Wilson said...

Strange she has laid eggs, and no sitting, Maybe clutch not yet complete.
Loved those fine tippy-toes.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Mick.

Not too strange, Denis. She lays, he sits - or not!

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