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Beautiful water bird with long toes able to walk across weeds beds where it feeds and lays eggs and raises young. The female of this species, mates, lays eggs, then abandons the eggs and the male (who tends the eggs and the young on his own) --- she goes off and finds another male and repeats the process. The males show spectacular wing patterns and beautiful red wattle at the top of the beak. Above you can see the mottled and striped eggs laid in an open nest on floating weed-bed, well camophlauged from all angles.
Oxbow lakes and other weedy slow moving relatively shallow waters.
This male worked to distract us as our canoe came close to his nest.
Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 22, 2012
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