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  Saddle-billed Stork

 

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

(88) 1.5 m; 6 kg

SEXES  Similar, F has bright yellow eyes, M has brown eyes and small pair of yellow pendant wattles at base of bill.

JUV  Upperparts initially grey-brown, and bill (including saddle) black or dark brown, lacking any red till at least 6 months; legs greenish.

STATUS  Uncommon resid­ent, listed as Endangered in S Africa. Sedentary but nomadic during drought. Found singly or in pairs.

HABITAT  Along large river systems, lake margins and wetlands.

FOOD  Mainly fish, also frogs, reptiles, small mammals, birds, crustaceans and aquatic insects.

CALL  Ad silent.

BR  Monogamous. Large platform nest built on top of tree in full sunlight, usually near water.

 

 

Ssb001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ssb002

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ssb003

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ssb004

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ssb005

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ssb006

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ssb007

Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

Ssb008

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

Ssb009

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

Ssb010

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4

 

 

 

 

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