Saddlebilled Stork

by Mary Jane Sesto
(Long Beach, Ca. U.S.A.)

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

We came across a shrinking pool and there were several birds in attendance, including 2 Hammerkops, a Woolyneck Stork, a Grey Heron, 2 African Jacanas, several other smaller birds, and a female Saddlebilled Stork. We watched the Saddlebilled Stork for 35 minutes after she poked, proded, lifted, and dropped the Barbal at least 15 times, until she finally lined it up in her beak and swollowed it whole! This was absolutely the best bird sighting I have ever experienced.

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Sep 27, 2010
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Great Photos
by: Jennifer

Hi Mary

Thanks so much for sharing your great Saddlebill Stork photos with us. This is truely a great sighting. Mario and I love watching animal and bird behaviour it is so rewarding.

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Nice!
by: Angus

The saddlebill stork is a rare sighting - well done on getting not just the bird so close but catching fish as well!

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