Lily Trotter  by zambianlass

Lily Trotter

I have confessed before I am not a twitching expert but I believe these amazing 'Lily Trotters' are Lesser Jacanas.

They have incredibly long toes and claws which allow them to appear as though they are walking on water, when actually they use floating vegetation, such as lily pads, to explore the water. They are quite rare in Zambia and a bird I had never seen before.

Promise no more bird pics for a few days at least :-) Happy Friday gang. Hope your weekend is wonderful and you take lots of amazing photos :-)
Interesting little birds with no tails. Great shot. love the touch of bokeh in tha background.
July 19th, 2013  
Keep up the bird pics. This s great. Great timing to get a view of the long toes.
July 19th, 2013  
awesome. I love seeing animals in their natural surroundings. More realistic that way
July 19th, 2013  
Great shot, what fantastic adaptation to troll the lily pads. Enjoy your weekend, Night Duty for 2 nights beginning tonight, what a way to wreck a weekend!
July 19th, 2013  
An instant fav! Your bird pics are fabulous Nicky keep them coming! beautiful composition.
July 19th, 2013  
@tesssa they are unusual little things aren't they...

@johnfalconer ah thanks John --- :-)

@plumtree500 it is loving seeing any wildlife in their natural environment.

@hermann there feet are so out of proportion with the rest of their delicate tiny bodies. Oh you poor thing. I guess you will have your weekend when the rest of us are back at work...

@elaine55 ah sweet, thank you Elaine :-)
July 19th, 2013  
Beutiful shot, incredibly looking birds wow. I' m not at all bored with your bird shots so please don't stop uploading these! It's really great to see all these wonderful birds and animals we normally don't see where I live.
July 19th, 2013  
@susale Ah sweet thank you Susale... :-)
July 19th, 2013  
Such a wonderful capture! Have a great weekend
July 19th, 2013  
Jo
Great shot of these unusual birds and love all the light and colour in it too.
July 19th, 2013  
Ian
The light in your photos is always so beautiful, love this little and large combo and the way the smaller bird is in mid step. Great shot as always. I have no idea about bird species either but it's so cool to see so many different types via your pictures.
July 19th, 2013  
Fantastic capture! Great colours and light. I love your wildlife photos, they are superb!
July 19th, 2013  
Absolutely brilliant. Fav
July 19th, 2013  
beautiful capture! great bit of bokeh as background! love the colours!
July 19th, 2013  
Zam
awesome capture!
July 19th, 2013  
A beautiful capture !
July 19th, 2013  
Absolutely beautiful.
July 19th, 2013  
@roseolivia thank you Rachel - you too

@jo13 thanks so much Jo

@streats ah thanks Ian... the light it generally lovely out here especially in the afternoon. It is amazing how once you start this project you suddenly see so much more. For instance I hardly noticed birds before , now I see them everywhere...

@tillycarter you are kind, thank you

@thresheg ah thanks so much Graham

@angelat I am so glad you like it - thank you

@zam thanks Zam

@beryl thank you Beryl, very kind

@carldry111 thanks Carl
July 19th, 2013  
Super timing. How cool are these guys. Fav!
July 19th, 2013  
@amandal ah thanks Amanda. Can't believe their feet! Hehe
July 19th, 2013  
@zambianlass I KNOW!!
July 19th, 2013  
wonderful capture
July 19th, 2013  
great shot.
July 19th, 2013  
They're so cute! I've got the birding bug too, so don't stop!
July 19th, 2013  
Great capture. No problem at all with the bird'sshots. Keep them coming.
July 19th, 2013  
So cute! Just running on the lily pads? The water must be very shallow there.
July 19th, 2013  
very beautiful shot! great composition and love the bokeh too!
July 19th, 2013  
Wow! They are wonderful - another fantastic shot! I know it is a FAV when I'm leaning and close and that sharp intake of air happens - often with you - Super!
July 19th, 2013  
Wonderful composition, color, bokeh
July 19th, 2013  
Oh, so cute!
July 19th, 2013  
Wonderful shot - just love their toes.
July 19th, 2013  
I love this - fun to get a glimpse of something I would never get to see. Those feet are incredible - great detail!
July 19th, 2013  
Wow, so amazing. Thank you for sharing. Great capture.
July 19th, 2013  
Beautiful rare shot Nicky!
July 19th, 2013  
so pretty! and very nice bokeh too :)
July 19th, 2013  
Cool find.
July 19th, 2013  
Moor fascinating birds. This is really neat, love the water and the green leaves in the background and the action of the little one.
July 19th, 2013  
Nothing wrong with a great bird shot!!! It's fab!
July 19th, 2013  
A really stunning picture of these cute birds and I love the colours on the lilly pads. a fav
July 19th, 2013  
You are turning into a true ornithologist!! Stunning shot as usual :))
July 19th, 2013  
How cute are they! gorgeous capture :)
July 19th, 2013  
That detail of looong toes is just incredible!
July 19th, 2013  
This is awesome!
July 19th, 2013  
Stunningly clear detail, gorgeous shot
July 19th, 2013  
A stunning colourful and cheerful shot! - fav!

Ian
July 19th, 2013  
Yet another winner. This one is fantastic such beautiful colours. Fav
July 19th, 2013  
Your bird shots are incredible! Fav!
July 19th, 2013  
Cool looking bird. Nice shot.
July 19th, 2013  
Lovely capture, I bet you are proud you caught them!
July 19th, 2013  
Great capture
July 19th, 2013  
Caz
Wow, this is wonderful, the light, the detail, the birds ! The birds are beautiful, well captured ...Fav !
July 20th, 2013  
Awesome capture. Fav :)
July 20th, 2013  
Your wonderful pictures continue to amaze me!
July 20th, 2013  
I have to echo what Carolyn just said...another amazing shot! Beautiful!
July 20th, 2013  
Beautiful birds
July 20th, 2013  
Totally stunning. Love the light. FAved
July 20th, 2013  
Great capture with wonderful lighting!
July 20th, 2013  
Wonderful capture! You have such a way with wildlife shots!
July 20th, 2013  
So lovely!
July 20th, 2013  
Really interesting shot with great colour
July 20th, 2013  
Wonderful , a first for me.... love your title!
July 20th, 2013  
Such brilliant light and composition. Fav.
July 20th, 2013  
Terrific capture of them . Beautiful birds and setting. The toes are incredibly long.
July 20th, 2013  
Wonderful capture Nicky!
July 20th, 2013  
Wow! Fantastic capture! Love everything about it. FAv!
July 20th, 2013  
Great capture
July 20th, 2013  
Very nice chance of spotting these rare birds. And, the photo is great too!
July 20th, 2013  
Beautiful shot - the light is gorgeous! Love how they are trotting on the lilies! : ) fav
July 20th, 2013  
Cool shot - love all the details - the feet, water etc.
July 20th, 2013  
Great capture, lily trotter is a great name for them
July 20th, 2013  
Mae
Fantastic capture!
July 21st, 2013  
Beautiful image and lovely light :)
July 21st, 2013  
i'm so glad that little one had his foot raised so we could see those long claws. great catch!
July 22nd, 2013  
they are crazy feet :)
July 22nd, 2013  
Wonderful capture, I used to see these when I lived in Zim. The composition and lighting is absolutely superb...fav
July 22nd, 2013  
Wonderful capture! Great lighting! They have huge feet! Lol
July 22nd, 2013  
You need make no such promises. Your bird pictures are amazing!
July 22nd, 2013  
What amazing birds and great capture of them.
July 22nd, 2013  
Incredible sharp capture, you should do wildlife photos for Nat Geographic!
July 24th, 2013  
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