Yellowbilled Stork Fishing

A Yellowbilled Stork (Mycteria ibis) feeding at a pan in Mana Pools National Park. The redness of the facial skin and slight tinges of pink in the wing would indicate the bird is in the midst of the breeding season. These birds are proficient fishers and will spend much time walking slowly up and down the pan with bill open and submerged in the water. The slightest touch by passing aquatic life will result in the bill snapping closed, before the bird extends its bill into the air, thus allowing its food to tumble into the mouth.
(Canon EOS 7D; f/6.7; 1/250sec; ISO-640; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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