In the composite photo above, the flock of 17 Pheasant-tailed Jacanas was photographed on May 24, 2006 at 9:00 in the morning at Barangay Pasig, Candaba. The solo shot was taken by Romy Ocon in the preceding month at the Candaba Wildlife Reserve, some 14 kilometers away from Pasig. For more photos of this bird follow the link to Romy Ocon's Gallery at the "Protecting the Migratory Birds" page of this website.
This bird species is found in freshwater wetlands with an abundance of floating or emergent vegetation, particularly lily pads, where it walks on the plants gleaning invertebrates. It also wades on shallow water like in the above photo searching for food. It swims in open water and is a strong flyer.
The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is a resident bird in the country that made a dramatic return to the Candaba Swamp in the past two years. The Asian Waterbird Census of 2006 done in Candaba last January 14, 2006 reported this bird in the Philippines for the first time.