The Marabou Stork has a rather fancy Latin name, which I will never remember without reference to a book (Leptoptilos crumeniferus). This gives the Marabou an almost prehistoric ring. Some call it the Undertaker Bird, aptly named, since they are often found mingling with vultures at predator kills, being consummate scavengers where there is any abundance of carrion. They are found on the peripheries of encroaching human settlement, pillaging waste, especially near abattoirs and crocodile farms which often share their habitat. The Marabou is considered a pest, but it is not threatened.
(Canon EOS 7D/EF100-400mm IS USM; 1/1,250 sec; f/5.6; ISO 160; 285mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Albert Newman was an American photographer who was credited with being the first photographer to use environmental portraiture, in which the photographer places the subject in a carefully controlled setting to capture the essence of the individual’s life and work. He concentrated on Artists and politicians. Interestingly, he was one of the few permitted to take a portrait image of the camera-shy Henri Cartier-Bresson
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