|Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala)
|Date Taken: 2012-02-25|
|Camera: Canon 60D|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 15:13|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I was standing in the safari vehicle and while crossing a bridge I saw this bird in Lake Nakuru, Kenya. I almost missed it since there was perfect camouflage vis-ŕ-vis the bird’s color, the color of water and the brown soil. It was not probably a natural camouflaging process. The bird popularly known as a Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta) is so called because of its long bill and crest at the back looking like a hammer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamerkop ) . It is a sedentary bird found mostly around water bodies in Africa and parts of Arabia. |
There are some interesting facts about Hammerkop
1.They have “ceremonies" in which they run circles around each other, all calling loudly, raising their crests, fluttering their wings
2.Even though the male and female may not mate, they will enact “false mounting”.
3.The role of the web-feet is still not clear.
4.They build huge nests sometimes more than 1.5 metres across with 10,000 sticks which can support a man’s weight even though the weight of the bird is around 500 gms. This is a strange aspect yet to be fully understood by modern science.
5.There are cultural and folklore aspects about Hammerkop. Certain African cultures believe that any one affecting the bird or its nest will be troubled. Some other cultures believe that the bird is an evil and has to be kept in a distance. These believes have helped in protecting the bird.
Hotelcalifornia, nanreh has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
|You must be logged in to start a discussion.|
- [2014-08-18 15:46]
Hi Bala,a very lucky meeting with this rare specie not often seen on TN,an excellent capture,the colors looks a bit warm but the detail and the pose are truly perfect,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
- [2014-08-19 1:04]
a small touch of color correction that help more beauty, sorry for interruption !
As a birder, i love Hamerkops, they really look different :)
Hello Bala-Well presentation of this Hammerkop.Nice colour and sharpness.Nice focus on eye.Thanks for sharing.Regards-Srikumar
- [2014-08-19 19:36]
Congratulations for this great, great, great catch, friend Bala !!! Hammerhead !!!!
It is a large-scale contribution that you have made TrekNature ...
It is so rare ... And it's so beautiful portrait you have earned, buddy ...
A big hug and thank you very much !!!