It had been a full day out in the Linyati – Botswana, we had been in search of Cheetah but we were out of luck today. The beauty of Africa is that there is always something magical just around the corner. No matter what shape or size, the wildlife and landscapes are amazing and they never disappoint.
We came upon such a sighting at a waterhole lined with reeds. Pied Kingfishers darted in and out of the water with precision beaks that collected fish. Our eyes focused on a brilliant Saddle Billed Stork, the largest of the African Storks. A beautiful showy bird with striking red, black and yellow on his bill.
Saddle-billed Storks are a fairly silent species with the only noise to be heard is from bill-clattering at nests or among other Storks.
Saddle-billed Stork’s feed by walking slowly in shallow water. They feed mainly on fish, crustaceans and amphibians but will also take reptiles, small mammals and young birds. They use their bill in a stabbing motion to search the shallows.
To our delight this beautiful bird put on a stunning display. Usually dancing displays are performed in courtship but on this occasion it was a case of pure self indulgent bliss. With his beautiful white and black wings outstretched he proceeded to find utter delight in cavorting with a reed that he had plucked from the water.
Dance as though no-one is watching!!
Flicking and tossing the reed into the air he gracefully danced with wings outstretched. I am not sure who enjoyed this more?
The Saddle-billed Stork or me!