17 November 2010

Hamerkop, Lake Malawi

On the shore of Lake Malawi, a pair of hamerkops (Scopus umbretta) preened each other, rested, or padded about at the lapping water's edge. Strange birds, with a wealth of folklore and unresolved scientific questions.

[25 May 2007, Canon 20D, 300 mm f4 L IS, ISO 200, 1/200 at f6.3]

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Andrew Andrushkov said...

Как удивительно интересная птица.

pohanginapete said...

Очень увлекательное птицы, Эндрю. Спасибо.

leonie said...

that is a crazy looking thing. our planet really does have some spectacular life on it.

beadbabe49 said...

I sure see the dinosaur ancestors in this bird!

Relatively Retiring said...

What a perfect match for the background.
I'm glad Walt Disney never got his hands on this one.

pohanginapete said...

Leonie, they really are odd birds. They reminded me of the kind of character one might find in Moominvalley.

Beadbabe, yes — prehistoric.

RR, a Disney treatment of hamerkops is a depressing thought indeed.