Photographer's Note

Another photo from my bike trip to Mozambique...

Yellow-Billed Stork (Mycteria ibis) 95-105cm:
It is easily identified by its long, slightly decurved yellow bill. Its habitat is lakes and large rivers and estuaries. It is normally silent, except during the breeding season when it gives loud squeaks and hisses.

This is a breeding pair I found in one of the lagoons at the Limpopo River Mouth. During the breeding season its naked facial skin is red and its wing coverts and back are tinged with pink, which is clearly vivible here.

I struggled to get close to them, because they fly away as soon as they detect any movement in their vicinity.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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