Still Learning To See

Saddle-billed Storks

Africa-4934Of the many species of birds we enjoyed seeing in Botswana—174 new to me (but who’s counting!)—the Saddle-billed Stork was one of the most impressive. It is huge, nearly five feet tall with a wingspan almost double that, and has stunning coloration, from the bright red and yellow bill to the female’s yellow eye to the iridescent wings. To see a pair of these fine creatures grazing in high grass is a memory I’ll hold on to for a long time.

This entry was published on March 2, 2014 at 9:22 am. It’s filed under Africa, Botswana, John Snell, Photograph and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Saddle-billed Storks

  1. I just showed the first photo of the Saddle-billed stork; “That’s one flashy stork,” she said. “Must be the one that they use to deliver babies to celebreties.”

  2. Chuck Hellier on said:

    You have a true talent well beyond your Thermal expertise! I enjoy your pictures very much John and share them with my family members. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying retirement as evidenced in your wonderful photos. Keep them coming!

  3. Wow. What birds!

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