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Secretary bird perched on the top of an acacia in the afternoon sun of the Maasai Mara, Kenya.

Taken with Canon 40D and 50-500mm Sigma lens

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara.

Adults hunt in pairs and sometimes as loose familial flocks, stalking through the habitat with long strides. Prey consists of insects, small mammals, lizards, snakes, young birds, bird eggs, and sometimes dead animals killed in brush fires. Larger herbivores are not hunted, although there are some reports of Secretary Birds killing young gazelles. (Wikipedia).

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Some more African birds of prey

Vultures

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African Pygmy Falcon

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Comments

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 5 years ago

    love it

  • Thanks Robert. They are pretty cool birds.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Chris. Will you please consider our Birds of Prey Challenge

  • Thanks very much Olitto. Most definitely. I was tossing up between the vultures and the small owl, but i had forgotten all about this secretary bird

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Skyjuggler
    Skyjugglerover 5 years ago

    Great job. So unusual to see them perched like this.

  • Thanks mate. Yeah we saw a couple of them perched but not many. They are very cool birds though

    – ChrisCoombes

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the home page feature! August 23rd 2009.

  • Thanks Kyile. It was pretty cool to see when i logged in today. Quite unexpected!

    – ChrisCoombes

  • secretagentman7
    secretagentman7over 5 years ago

    AMAZING !

  • Thanks, much appreciated

    – ChrisCoombes

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, congrats on making the homepage.

  • Thankyou. A big surprise!

    – ChrisCoombes

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    This is a fantastic capture, so clear and sharp, well deserved CONGRATS for the home page feature,

  • Thanks Ann.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful image, and capture! Congrats on your hp feature!

  • Thanks very much Carolyn

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Razorgrass
    Razorgrassover 5 years ago

    Great shot…

  • Thanks.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on the RB Homepage feature Chris!!

  • Thanks Olitto, much appreciated. And a big thanks for the group for running the challange that has led to it being noticed.

    – ChrisCoombes

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