Saddle-billed Stork - Birds

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Saddle-billed Stork

Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 5-7 kg
Wingspan: 2.7 m (9ft)
Body lenght: 1.5 m (5ft)
Wild population: 1 000 - 25 000 individuals
Lifespan: 20-25? years, even 40 years in captivity
Gestation: 1-2 eggs, incubation 30-35 days
Voice: silent, bill-clattering at the nest
Identification The head, neck, back, wings, and tail are black, the rest of the body and the primary flight feathers are white, the massive bill is red with a black band and a yellow frontal shield (the “saddle”), the legs and feet are black with pink knees.
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa except Namibia and parts of Zambia and SA
Habitat: marshes and edges of fresh and salt lakes and lagoons, not in forests

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The biggest of all storks. Only the Ostrich stands taller. Can be seen walking slowly and deliberately through weedy shorelines searching for fish. It will break the spines off a fish, wash it and throw it up in the air to swallow it head first. Also takes locusts, mollusks, frogs and lizards, can even probe the mud for lungfish.
Like most storks, these fly with the neck outstretched, not retracted like a heron.
Pair builds a large, deep stick nest in a tree. They do not form colonies.

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camera:Minolta DYNAX 7D
lens:Sigma 50-500 mm F4.0-6.3 APO EX DG
focal length:500 mm
exposure time:1/640 s
stativ:rýžový stativ / beanbag
location:Sweetwaters, Kenya