The Secretary Bird in the shade of Burgers Bush in Arnhem ( ZOO/ Safari Park )
Folks..so often with photo shoots its ..DARN .. IF it was a little more close.. IF it was a little higher.. lower..IF..IF..Well you know what I mean..
Here however I got it on a golden platter.
The Bird hided a little in the shadow / green
Close to the fence..pressed lens against the fence ..a little crop in PS CS4 and here is my beauty ( See those Eyelashes? ) :-)))
Below some more info from the internet about this remarkable Tweety
Canon 5D MarkII Canon lens Lseries 24-105 is
ISO 320 F10
1/125 sec and focal length 96 mm
Aperture Priority ( almost always !!!!)
Thanks for popping in Folks
Secretary Bird (Sagittarius Serpentarius)
The Secretary Bird is an extraordinary bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, this mostly terrestrial bird is usually found in the open grasslands and savannas of the sub-Sahara. It is a large bird of prey in the order Falconiformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers, but it is so distinctive that it is given its own family, Sagittariidae. The Secretary Bird enjoys a certain fame in Africa, specifically Sudan and South Africa, where it serves as a prominent emblem on both nations’ coats of arms.
The Secretary Bird is instantly recognizable as having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to around 1.3 m (4 ft) tall. This 140 cm (4.5 ft) long bird has an eagle-like head with a hooked bill, but has rounded wings. From a distance or in flight it resembles a crane more than a bird of prey. The tail has two elongated central feathers that extend beyond the feet during flight, as well as long flat plumage creating a posterior crest.