My grateful thanks to all who Commented and Voted on Lunch 82 - The White Stork. Some found great humour in my explanation regarding the White Stork's white legs. Obviously a 'design fault' in this bird?
Harriet picked up on my sentance regarding "Masai chopping up goats". If anyone has not seen the Masai Slaughtering of The Goat and wishes to do so, you will first need to be able to see Adult images - then view Lunch 71 - 77. It's an interesting experience, but some did get a little queasy...!
Another fascinating bird sometimes found at the large dam in Nairobi National Park, is The Sacred Ibis. It is named 'Sacred', because it used to be found in Egypt, where it was venerated and often mummified as a symbol of the god Thoth. A wading bird, it is mostly found in wetlands, feeding on fish, frogs, small mammals, reptiles, smaller birds and insects.
As V3 shows, it will also dig its long bill deep into mud or soft earth, seeking out worms. It is also a frequent visitor to rubbish tips, where it will eat just about any human waste. A fairly large bird of 27" (68cm), it builds a nest from sticks, high up in tree canopys (often preferring baobab trees) and lays around 23 eggs. Thus, it has had surprising results in population growth where it has been introduced into Southern Europe; to the point it has caused problems - it is a predator of Terns.
V4 is of an adult and juvenile, who is duller, with some white feathering on the neck.
Have a Terrific Thursday, everyone ...!
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