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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 60D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-18 15:13
Viewed: 2332
Points: 10
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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.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamerkop )

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [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

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2014-08-19 1:04]

a small touch of color correction that help more beauty, sorry for interruption !

Hello Bala,

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

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [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 !!!

Hernan Bortondello

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