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  Hamerkop

 

Scopus umbretta

(81) 56 cm; 500 g

SEXES  Alike, M > F. Unmistakable with dull brown plumage and backward-projecting crest.

JUV  Similar to ad.

STATUS  Common resident, sedentary and found singly or in pairs.

HABITAT  Margins of most freshwaters.

FOOD  Mainly frogs, tadpoles, small fish and aquatic insects.

CALL  Repetitive slow yelping kyip, increasing in tempo to trill, often given in flight.

BR  Monogamous. Builds unique and enormous domed nest with side entrance.

 

 

Hkp001

Disaneng, Maun

At flooding near Game Park

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hkp002

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hkp003

Underneath Old Matlapaneng Bridge

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hkp004

Underneath Old Matlapaneng Bridge

Thamalakane River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Hkp005

Khwai

Mating (attempt!?)

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hkp006

Thamalakane River nr Shorobe

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Hkp007

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Hkp008

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Hkp009

Matlapaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Hkp010

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

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