Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:49 am

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Post by Dindingwe » Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:11 pm

As said, the Secretary Bird eats mainly snakes, but it can also eat other kind of reptiles, insects, eggs and even small mammals. I saw this one eating a poor lizard that doesn't seem to realize that it is living the last seconds of its life... We can see the nictitating membrane of the eye that is closed when the bird ingurgitates a prey.

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Another close portrait of this bird that I find particularly photogenic.

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A younger individual, with its browner plumage, not yet completely grey, and with paler eyes.

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All pictures were taken at Etosha National Park in July 2018.

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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Lisbeth » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:03 pm

Brilliant!
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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Richprins » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:20 pm

What awesome behaviour! :ty: X#X
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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Flutterby » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:02 am

Fantastic shots. \O

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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Peter Betts » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:32 am

Secretary Birds seem to be most active in the heat of the day (Snakes like the warmth??) which makes it a challenge to take the conditions..Taken at Saamevloeing waterhole at the confluence of the Auob and Nossob Rivers..both dry of course but big puddles after the good April Rains ..Give him a click to make the most of the flat conditions
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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:40 am

The bird stands out nicely ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Peter Betts » Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:12 pm

Lisbeth wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:40 am
The bird stands out nicely ^Q^ ^Q^
Yes thanks ..Yip this new Tamron 150 - 600 G2 lens is far better optically than the Nikon equivalent costing 8 times as much ..never used to be like that ...It really allows me to shoot a bit later in the morning like here which I was never able to in the past

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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:51 pm

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Re: Secretary Bird - Bird of the Month November 2018

Post by Flutterby » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:42 am

Birdlife SA announces Bird of the Year 2019

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 23 November 2018

Conservation group Birdlife South Africa has announced the secretary bird as the 2019 Bird of the Year.

The secretary bird lives in grasslands across Africa but is considered a vulnerable species, one on the Red List of Birds, as a result of encroachment on its habitat. Birdlife South Africa’s Terrestrial Bird Conservation Team, lead by Dr Melissa Whitecross, is working hard to understand and conserve this bird.

Facts about the secretary bird
– they are large terrestrial raptors related to hawks and eagles
– they are famous for the way they kill snakes with their talons
– the scales on their legs help to protect them from snake bites
– along with snakes, they consume insects, rodents and other small prey
– they build large nests of long, flat twigs and grass in Acacia trees that measure about 2m in diameter
– the secretary bird features on the South African coat of arms (as well as Sudan’s coat of arms)

Source: https://www.getaway.co.za/travel-news/b ... year-2019/

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