Sunday, 5 July 2009


This huge and strikingly coloured bird is commonly found in or around, dams, pans and rivers where it feeds on frogs, fish and other water life. It sometimes forages away from water on flood plains where they will also hunt and feed on small mammals. The images above appear to be a female distinguished by a yellow eye ring and an absence of a small yellow wattle below the eye. They occur singly or in pairs and are shy birds. When hunting saddle-billed storks will wade slowly through the water until they see potential prey. They will stab at their intended prey with their bills and may toss it into the air before catching and swallowing it. The spine of larger fish is sometimes nipped off to incapacitate it before swallowing.
Have you ever asked your parents where do babies come from, and they told you the story about how the stork dropped the babies off to parents? Well this is a little white lie your parents told you when You were young, but they forgot one key detail. What species of stork was it?
If you grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa then your parents may have told you it was
The magnificent Sadle-billed stork. The saddle-billed stork or (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, which ever you prefer, is considered one of the most colorful storks.
One of the endangered birds less than 20 pairs in the Kruger Park in 2002.
Every bird has a unique bill colour/pattern.

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