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Saddle-billed Stork – Red List encounter

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Kruger National Park South Africa

An encounter with a stately Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) doesn’t seem particularly special, however, with only an estimated 25 to 30 breeding pairs left in the greater Kruger area – on a total of 150 breeding pairs in South Africa – we were incredibly lucky to spot this couple collecting nesting materials in a dry riverbank next to the S133. Little is known about the dwindling numbers of this big bird, but a combination between an irregular breeding pattern and the degradation of their wetland habitats by upstream human activity seems to seal their fate. This striking bird is in serious danger and needs all our conservation efforts to change its dire future!

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Kruger National Park South Africa

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Kruger National Park South Africa

Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Kruger National Park South Africa

 

3 Comments

  1. Thanks Dries, they hold their heads high up beautifully instead of bending and wiggling it like a heron, majestic. Thanks for your nice comments on the OVP series on your blog!

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