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  Abdim's Stork

 

Ciconia abdimii

(85) 76 cm; 1.3 kg

SEXES  Alike, M > F. Easily separated from Black Stork by smaller size, dull grey-green bill (tipped dull red) and greenish-olive legs (toes and ‘knees’ red). In flight shows white rump. Bare skin on face duller blue during non-br season.

JUV  Duller and browner than ad.

STATUS  Locally common to abundant non-br intra-African migrant. Most arrive in Nov and depart by Apr (some overwlntering). Usually in large flocks, especially at insect outbreaks.

HABITAT  Grassland, savanna woodland and cultivated lands.

FOOD  Mainly insects, especially grass-hoppers, locusts and crickets, army worms, and wide range of small vertebrates.

CALL  Usually silent in southern Africa.

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Sta001

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4L

 

 

Sta002

Savuti

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4L

 

 

Sta003

Nxai Pan campsite

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sta004

Nxai Pan campsite

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sta005

Nxai Pan campsite

Camera: Canon 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

Sta006

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8L

 

       

 

 

 

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