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Tayla Brown

Ranger

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 Update on the African Jacana nest: Part III

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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.

Babs Putar
Explorer

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 .

Kylea Potvin
Explorer

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.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

A wonderful privilege to see such a site

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

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.

Joann Linderman
Explorer

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!

Alex McMillan
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Great explanation and visuals of the fascinating dynamics.

Thanks for staying on the story.

Donald Remlinger
Explorer

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

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

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!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

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?

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

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

William Paynter
Master Tracker

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.

Paul Buchanan
Senior Digital Ranger

This is so exciting. What an important event.

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