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Saddle-billed Stork


Saddle-billed Stork
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Copyright: Henk van Dyk (henkv) (67)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-22 10:17
Viewed: 8192
Points: 2
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One of the tallest species of storks is the Saddle-billed Stork, Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, which stands up to 58 in. high. It has a large crimson bill with a black band and a triangular yellow frontal shield (or saddle), and has black legs with reddish joints. The overall coloring is black and white--the head, neck, tail and wing-coverts black, the remaining plumage and the flight feathers white. It breeds in sub-Saharan Africa, generally by rivers. The large nest is built of sticks in the tops of tall trees. It lays one egg. It feeds on grasshoppers, fish, frogs and lizards.

Storks differ from other birds in that they have no muscles in their voice boxes. They communicate by rattling their bills. They are all strong flyers and alternately flap and glide across the sky. Fossil records date storks back some 50 million years, making them an ancient group of birds.

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Hallo Henk
Jy was bevoorreg om hierdie pragtige voŽl van so naby te kon afneem. Ons was in Oktober vir 3 weke in die Kruger en kon hul 'n paar keer sien maar op baie ver afstande. Jammer die ene se kop is nie effens meer gedraai nie (vir eie belangstelling). Ek het gelees dat die mannetjie se oog swart is en die wyfie s'n geel. Jy is baie gelukkig om so naby die wildtuin te bly, as dit ons was het hulle ons sekerlik daar uitgeskop want ons sal seker voor die hek slaap om seker te maak ons is eerste in met oopmaaktyd. (Diť stelling is seker bietjie vergroot) maar ai dit is darem baie lekker om daar te wees. Dankie dat jy die prag voŽl met ons gedeel het. Vriendelike groete
Anna

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