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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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Fantastic ending to this great Jicarna story. Congratulations Sean on actually capturing the little ones tucked under their father’s wings. It just goes to show that the little sightings mean as much as the grand ones!!

So sorry Tayla! When I first read this Wednesday night, Sean’s name was listed so I thought he jumped in for part three. Terrific end to your trilogy and wonderful photos.

Nature is so wonderful We are always in awe of the Big Five and often miss out on the smaller creatures that have a life of their own and just as intricate as the big ones. Thanks once again for a beautiful and very interesting article .

what a great update – the photos are amazing. Please update us again, if you have more sitings, it’s really wonderful to see their progression.

Master Tracker

A wonderful privilege to see such a site

Tayla it is fascinating to see the male keeping guard over the chick’s and keeping them warm under his wings. I never new that the male is responsible for looking after the chick’s from hatchling and as you say 40 days after that, then the little chick’s are on there own. Nature is awesome, we learn something new each day. Thank you for the story of the Jacanas.

Thank you Tayla for your continued reporting on this remarkable saga. Your photos are wonderful – they help me to feel as if I were still there witnessing this heart warming life cycle. My admiration for the Papa Jacana is boundless!

Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating insights, and thanks for sharing evidence of chick-rearing behaviour we might read about but never see!

Great explanation and visuals of the fascinating dynamics.

Thanks for staying on the story.

Love following this & previous updates on these amazing African Jacanas. Thanks so much, Tayla

Such an interesting deviation from typical bird behavior. I can’t help but wonder what it must feel like to be a chick smooshed under a wing. Good luck to them all!

Great blog, Twyla on these lovely little birds. And the photos are fantastic!
The way they are looking after the little ones, is certainly unique in the bird world, or do other birds exist that handle it in the same way as the African Jacanas?

Amazing insights into their rearing – and great pics you captured !

Great blog Tayla, loved the Jacana story. It is interesting about the male female relationship with the chicks. Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the male and the chicks.

Senior Digital Ranger

This is so exciting. What an important event.

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