2 FEB 2019
The photo above is not depicting some ten-legged mutant bird have suggested. It's also not one of those hilarious memes.
He's just one brave daddy bird hauling his four chicklings to safety.
Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea) are also known as lillytrotters or Jesus-birds for their ability to seemingly walk across water. Their gangly legs end in long twiggy-toes, splayed wide to distribute their weight across the surface of lily pads and the other floating plants they walk on.
This allows the water plants to keep these (8 to 11 inch) birds afloat as they dart across the surface of their wetland habitats.
Here, they search for their , mostly freshwater invertebrates such as aquatic moth larvae, and aquatic plant seeds, particularly lily seeds.
Sally Corte from Queensland, Australia captured the jacana pictured in the cover and in the image below, as it was displaying this species' unique parenting behaviour.