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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on African Jacana nest in Camp Dam: Part I

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Babs Putar

Thank you Tayla for a very interesting article. We tend to overlook the smaller creatures that’s part of nature. I hope you’ll report back once the chicks have hatched.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Tayla, this is so exciting. I’ve seen Jicanas, but never their nest or eggs. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the little chicks in 2-3 weeks. Terrific photos of them and the eggs on the nest.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Fascinating! I’ve never seen a jacana nest myself. That’s going to be really interesting to see what happens at that nest!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

How exciting! I love the coloration of their eggs. It reminds me of a specific designer wallpaper. I can’t wait to (hopefully) watch the chicks hatch and grow.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Tayla, What an awesome post! It will be great to follow them and to hopefully see the chicks hatch and thrive!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Nature continues to fascinate me–the “precision” of 4 consecutive days of laying the eggs as well as the defined roles of the male & female.

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

How exciting to see this, Tayla! We so enjoyed our twice daily check-in on the eggs while we were there for 32+ game drives with you and Richard. P & J

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

How fascinating. Can’t wait to see the little chicks. Question… Do they only lay their eggs near aquatic vegetation? When I was just there I could have sworn on the night drive that we almost ran into a bird who is incubating their eggs on the very side of the road it looked exactly like this bird and these eggs – shame the name of the bird eludes me now.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Fascinating, thanks for sharing the pictures and information about the Jacana. Hope things turn out well for the Jacana family.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

These eggs are beautiful! I’m looking forward to what happens next!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

One of the few birds exhibiting poliandry… such a privilege to see them personally! Fantastic

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This is so exciting! I love these birds but I cannot really remember having ever seen them on that pond. How wonderful that you can observe the male actually sitting on the eggs. Hopefully the chicks will all be well. What a nice little brood they will be. How long will the father care for the chicks?

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Tayla very interesting the Jacanas, thanks for the information. Can not wait for the chick’s to be hatched. Never new that the male is now responsible for the rest of the incubation time and protection of the eggs.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Nice Tayla! looking forward to the next post on this little family of eggs hoping to become chicks!!

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

So exciting!

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