Febirdary #6 Awkward

I don’t think much within the order of the birds can match a baby (pheasant-tailed) jacana for awkwardness. Jacanas have extremely long-toed feet, which help distribute their weight over a larger area. It’s so effective that they, quite easily, can walk across water plants such as lily pads. Though born at a fraction the size of adults, chicks’ legs are almost at adult width already, and their toes only do little growing.

Which makes for poofy chicks with some honkin’ big feet.

– Coloured pencil on brown toned paper, 14,8 x 21 cm