Birds Not on a Stick: Part 2

It’s been a while since I posted one of these so here we go:

Although I seem to have far too many shots of birds on sticks, it seems I also have plenty in the archives where the birds aren’t on sticks. From the weird, wacky and wonderful, here is part 2 of Birds Not on a stick.

Starting as always with my featured image. My favourite raptor: the martial eagle. A tranquil overcast morning was upon us as I drove my guests through an open clearing when a cacophony of noise emanated from a nearby telephone pole (yes even in the bush you sometimes come across them). This particular individual was being harassed by a dark-chanting goshawk that had a nest nearby. After putting up with constant dive bombs from the plucky smaller bird, the martial decided enough was enough and flew from its perch, swooping low over our vehicle, where I managed to capture the shot, before it disappeared into the surrounding lowveld behind us.

Grey heron on the back of a hippo
Floating along

I recently had an article published in the Kruger Magazine and was searching for images to include. Going all the way back to some of my first-ever visits to the sacred National Park brought back so many memories – and many out of focus photos! I came across this slightly blurry, albeit fun, photograph of a grey heron catching a ride off one of the local hippos. I wish I could say this was extraordinarily rare to see, but sunset dam (a favourite place to end a day of game viewing amongst Kruger lovers) is prone to this sight on a daily basis!

Open bill stork in flight
Beautiful in flight

This image takes you back to the watery Selous that featured in my last Birds on a Stick post. The bird captured in flight here is the beautiful openbill, however for those wishing to find this magnificent bird, your best bet is on the edges of the waterways and lagoons. Here, especially in the Selous, they thrive, alongside the yellow-billed storks. Together they wade their way through the shallows searching for any morsel they can find. The open-bills’ bill is specifically designed to pries open molluscs and the shells of other aquatic invertebrates.

Thank you for looking.

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Sam Hankss

A Qualified Level 1 Field Guide. Luxury Safari Consultant with Africa Odyssey. Love wildlife through a lens.

11 thoughts on “Birds Not on a Stick: Part 2”

  1. The herons here are called blue herons. They have just a touch of blue on the head feathers and sometimes in the right light all the body feathers look bluish. I would love to see the spoon bills down here in Florida, they are all pink. 🙂

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