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  Secretarybird

 

Sagittarius serpentarius

(118) 1.38 ID; 4 kg

SEXES  Similar, M larger and with slightly longer crest and tail. Orange facial skin, grey-­black plumage and characteristic striding gait through grass should distinguish it from all other species in region, including cranes. In flight, barred tail separates it from Grey Crowned Crane.

JUV  Plumage browner, facial skin yellow and with shorter tail.

STATUS  Uncommon to locally fairly common, listed as Near-threatened. Resident but generally not sedentary; very nomadic, especially in western regions. Usually in pairs, sometimes solitary.

HABITAT  Favours open grassland with scattered trees or shrubs.

FOOD  Wide variety of prey including insects, am­phibians, reptiles, birds and their eggs, small mammals and rodents. Most prey (including snakes) caught on ground and killed by hard downward blows with the feet. Large prey, which may include francolin, mongoose and large snakes, torn up and swallowed, small prey such as tortoises swal­lowed whole.

CALL  Mostly silent away from nest. Alarm near nest croaking korr-orr-orr.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a stick platform usually placed at top of flat thorn tree.

 

 

Stb001

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb002

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb003

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb004

Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb006

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb007

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Stb008

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Stb009

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Stb010

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Stb011

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Stb012

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Stb013

Leopard Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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