Hooded Vultures

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Vultures gather over the carcass of a hippo on the side of a pool. These look like the hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus – Shona: gora; Ndebele: ? – gora is the genetic name, can someone confirm the Shona and Ndebele names?) The hooded vulture, while listed as endangered, is actually quite common in the Mana Pools area. They are perhaps better known as the birds which following wild dog packs to ensure a ready meal following their kills. Now, apparently, vulture body parts are believed to be a source of clairvoyant powers, some say kufembera or kunyumwas, that may provide fore warnings from the spirits. So if you are a gambling man, keep out of Mana.
(Canon EOS 50D / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM; 1/400 sec; f/5.6; ISO 160; 400mm)

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Off to Roost

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A line of Helmeted Guinea Fowl dashing off into the sunset, kicking up dust and on their way to roost. This social bird is well distributed across Southern Africa, usually found in both grasslands and broadleaf woodlands. Chicks are referred to as ‘keets’ and during the breeding process it is not uncommon for eggs to be dumped in another female’s nesting area for incubation. The original African ‘chicken’, known to have been bred by the Romans as a source of food and eggs.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4x; 1/750 sec; f/13; ISO 320; 560mm)

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Marabou

Marabou storks always remind me of the resident magistrate, cloaked up and ready to deliver judgement! These birds are endemic in the Mana Pools National Park, as with most game reserves, but more so in the north of Zimbabwe. It is a scavenger living off game kills and can sometimes be seen outside its usual habitat near abattoirs and refuse dumps.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 320; 560mm)

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Hamerkop

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The Hamerkop is mostly seen near water and they are avid fishing enthusiasts, recently witnesses skimming the water, much the same as an African Skimmer.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/180 sec; f/8; ISO 800; 560mm)

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Yellow Billed Storks Dancing

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Yellow Billed Storks trying to show who the ‘boss’ is, or perhaps they a just dancing, early one morning in Mana Pools National Park.  These birds are endemic to the area.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 800; 280mm)

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Brown Snake Eagle

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A wonderful shot of a Brown Snake Eagle captured in Mana Pools National Park, found across savanna grass lands and forest in Zimbabwe, with exception of the Eastern Highlands.  They are nomadic within the region.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4xIII; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 560; 200mm)

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Shaking Dry

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This Pied kingfisher was spotted frequently returning to this perch on the edge of a pan, usually with its beak clasping another catch. It turned out to be quite a prolific fish catcher and presented this opportunity shaking itself dry.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4x; 1/350 sec; f/8; ISO 800; 504mm)

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Egyptian Geese

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An inseparable pair of Egyptian geese, once considered sacred, shortly before take-off. This species is widely distributed in Africa, south of the Sahara and along the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese usually pair for life and are aggressively territorial, especial during breeding.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4X III; 1/1000 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 560mm)

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Double-banded Sandgrouse

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This is a double-banded sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus) seen in the Mana Pools area recently, just south of their usual habitat north of the Zambezi River. They are more usually observed in western Zimbabwe. These birds are not quite as common as other sandgrouse varieties. This bird has several sub-species and I suspect that this one may be P.b. multicolor. They breed mostly in between February and September. Sandgrouse feed mostly on seed and are usually seen foraging in is short trampled grass and in Mopani and Brachystegia woodland.
(Canon EOS 5D MarkIII / EF 100-400mm f/5.6 L IS II USM +1.4X III; 1/1000 sec; f/8; ISO 640; 560mm)

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