|A Tri-colored Heron at right, a Green Heron at left center, and behind the Green Heron, two juvenile Northern Jacanas in the background (far left and center); Puerto Morelos, Mx; 12-24-10.|
|A Tri-colored Heron, Puerto Morelos, Mx; 12-24-10.|
|The same Tri-colored Heron showing off its long narrow bill in contrast with its relatively small head; Puerto Morelos, Mx; 12-24-10.|
|A Green Heron waiting for a meal to swim by, Puerto Morelos, Mx; 12-24-10.|
A great plus was seeing a couple of Juvenile Northern Jacanas which blended in so well into the background (Top of page) that I didn't even realize they were in the pic until later when I enlarged it. When Luis identified them for me, it was a bird I never heard of before. The Northern Jacana resides in the lowlands of Mexico and Central America. They very rarely are seen in the US - on the coastal plain of Texas from south of Houston and westward to San Antonio and southward to the Mexican border. Occaisionally they are sighted in the marshes of south Louisiana. For some reason most of the US sightings are of juveniles. Although it's difficult to see, but the Juveniles have no eye shield and sport white underparts.
The pic (Below) is the only photo I took of a couple of adult Northern Jacanas.
|A couple of adult Northern Jacanas hiding in the tall grass; Puerto Morelos, Mexico; 12-24-10.|
Adult Northern Jacanas are brown overall with a black head and a bright yellow bill and eye shield (Below). They most striking feature are their extremely long toes which allows them to walk on the top of floating vegetaion. They have been called "Lilly trotters" as well as the "Jesus Bird" in Jamaica because it is perceived to walk on water.
|The Adult Northern Jacana's very long toes and bright yellow frontal eye shield are in evidence in this photo which I found at .http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/467/articles/introduction|
|A crocodile making its way into the water after we startled it along the banks; Puerto Morelos, Mexico; 12/24/10.|