Comb-crested Jacanas breeding close to Broome – 10,000 Birds

Earlier this 12 months when we first observed Comb-crested Jacanas near Broome that they had simply arrived from additional north in Australia. Usually we’ve got needed to journey additional north to watch Comb-crested Jacanas, however when we’ve got excessive rainfall throughout our moist summer season months we are able to count on to watch them. Though we didn’t observe any nests within the Broome space we’ve got now noticed youthful Comb-crested Jacanas and so they have clearly bred regionally. We have now observed nests prior to now additional north. The male Comb-crested Jacana builds the nest, incubates the eggs and cares for the younger. He can also pick up the chicks underneath his wings and transfer them to security. The range of the Comb-crested Jacana varies 12 months by 12 months relying on drought or flood.

With the excessive focus of native flowers on our ephemeral lagoons and lakes close to Broome for the time being it could nearly be difficult to search out the Comb-crested Jacanas. As is commonly the case, by sitting and watching you quickly uncover there are extra birds about than you could have initially thought. The Comb-crested Jacanas nearly mix into their setting after which change into extra obvious as they transfer throughout the vegetation. Comb-crested Jacanas don’t all the time efficiently steadiness on the plant matter regardless of their extraordinarily giant toes.

Listed here are a choice of the numerous pictures that I took of the Comb-crested Jacanas feeding on the vegetation. The grownup Comb-crested Jacanas have the brighter purple comb and the youthful birds are nonetheless but to realize their full color. You’ll be able to see there have been a number of events the place they actually “sank” after which managed to proper themselves.

Comb-crested Jacanas

It is going to be attention-grabbing to watch the Comb-crested Jacanas over coming weeks and months to see if they continue to be within the space this 12 months. We aren’t anticipating any extra rain for a lot of months, however with the remaining water they might keep if there may be sufficient meals for them within the space.

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