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12-19-2016, 04:18 AM   #4846
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Lilac-breasted roller (?) (waiting for breakfast perhaps) in Tarangire National Park Tanzania

Yellow-billed Storks and Pelicans in Lake Mayanara National Park Tanzania

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Another tern
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Not the sharpest, but I a rather glad to have captured this Glossy Ibis, only the 2nd time I have seen one of these.


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Cockatile, not truly wild, a most amusing bird.

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well they do fly but they have fur instead of feathers

Giant Indian Fruit Bats a.k.a. Flying Foxes found at the Tropical Rain Forest exhibit at the Topeka Zoological Park

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For the birds

Vultures on the kill after the mother cheetah and its cub had moved off leaving the remains of the Thompson's Gazelle behind.

I was surprised at the fact that the larger species did not move in first but our guide explained that the larger vultures could not move as fast or take off quickly so the smaller vultures moved in first and the larger ones waited to make sure it was safe to do so.

It was extremely loud and quite a mix up
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Female big horn sheep near or in Zion NP. She was falling asleep.
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I was out today trying out the new to me lens and taking photos in the Rain Forest Exhibit at the Topeka Zoological Park (nice and warm)

not sure of the type of bird, but the pose reminds me of Dracula with his cape drawn across his face

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Bontebok-Rietvlei Nature Reserve yesterday
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this bird was hard at it yesterday (very close to me), nest building, only problem as far as ultimate success goes, the Topeka Zoological Park only has one Hamerkop [I really like this new to me lens and my 16 - 85 mm lens as well]

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"The Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta), is a remarkable wading bird who is so named as its head shape, curved bill and back crest resembles a hammer. ... a distinctive medium sized wading bird measuring 47 – 56 centimetres in length and weighing around 415 – 430 grams ... although they are only medium-sized birds, they have huge nests that can measure over 2 metres in depth and width and weigh up to 50 kilograms in weight. [!!!!!!] ... made from 1000’s of sticks, twigs. reeds. grasses and stems of aquatic vegetation held together by mud and are so strong that they could hold the weight of a man. They take around 3 – 6 weeks to complete having been worked on by both members of a pair.

Nest walls are built on a sturdy platform and topped with a domed roof. A mud-plastered entrance 13 to 18 centimetres wide in the bottom leads through a tunnel up to 60 centimetres long to a nesting chamber large enough for the parents and their young. The outside of the nests are decorated with bright objects that the birds collect.

Nests are often built in the fork of a tree, on a cliff ledge, a water bank, or dam and preferably over a water source. Hamerkops are obssessed with building nests and will construct 3 – 5 nests per year in their territory, whether they are for breeding purposes or not."

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A tit bit of interesting info on Hammerkops, is also their habit of "mounting", which I have seen, and can occur between several birds, including males, so not for mating purposes. Possibly s display of dominance.
Another from Rietvlei's visit yesterday.
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