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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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Thanks for this lovely article on the tiny Jacanas. I hope they will survive the first and most challenging stage of their lives after they have hatched. So cute, these tiny birds. Nature is really amazing.

An amazing entry into the world. The precision of the timing is so fascinating.
Female has no role?

Simple question or observation. In the title and first picture, there are 2 chicks and clearly 3 eggs for a total of 5. The entire discussions revolves around 4 eggs total.

Thank you so much for the update, Tayla. It certainly was a wonderful constant of most of our 17 day stay in Tree Camp to check in on the nest. ~ from the ladies in room 1

When I studied the sexual behaviour of different animals and came to jacana, I always wanted to see it. I managed to see Jacana crossing water by walking on leaves, but never observed the parental care. Thanks for this lovely tale with beautiful pictures, I look forward to reading the following!

How exciting Tayla to witness the arrival of the Jicarna chicks. Your photos are amazing, considering the location of the nest and the foliage density. All chicks are cute but these spotted Jicarna’s have essentially moved the cuteness meter to the top. I’m looking forward to your next installment, hoping these three survive so they can become members of the larger Jicarna family.

When I contemplate how fragile these hatchlings are, and how filled with threats their environment is, it’s hard not to feel a little despair at how they could possibly survive…then I look at the adult male in all his mature glory, and have hope restored for the little ones’ future success. I”ll be looking forward to updates on them. And hoping.

What a nice blog Tayla. I hope that the chicks will make it to adulthood. Nice for you all to see them hatching. Thanks for sharing.

My friend Pam and I were lucky enough to be with Tayla and the Eagle-Eyed Richard when the eggs were first sighted. Each of our subsequent game drives were bookended by our need to be assured that the eggs were still intact. The most frightening sight was of a lizard being way too close to our eggs when we returned one evening. Fortunately they were still intact when we returned the following morning. I actually had a nightmare about it. Despite the many unforgettable experiences that Tayla and Richard provided us during our stay at Londolozi – the memory that I know that will stay with me for the rest of my life is of the Papa Jacana sheltering his eggs no matter the weather or how uncomfortable he must have been – clearly putting his babies ahead of all else. Thank you Tayla for the update. I am so grateful for the memories.

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Those egg shells are gorgeous! This is such a sweet post and fascinating. Looking forward to hearing more about these beautiful birds 🙂 🙏🏿

Tayla, thanks for this update on the Jacana nest and hatchlings. Hope they are safe and secure for the next few weeks.

It is very rare to see something as beautiful and unique as the hatched Jacanas. Very excited to see the little ones. Hope the 4th egg will also hatch and may they be successful in growing up. Dad did a good job in sheltering the 3rd egg.

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How wonderful! Those eggs are beautiful!

How exciting! I’d forgotten about this, so what a lovely surprise in my inbox. The chicks are adorable. Good luck to them.

Such cute little chicks! They have to feed themselves from the moment of hatching? That is crazy.

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