Taken at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
The Secretary bird is so named because of the crest of long feathers at the back of its head that resemble quill pens that 19th century clerks stuck in their wigs. The genus Sagittarius refers to the birds resemblance to an archer, and the species serpentarius refers to the fact that the bird preys on snakes. The Secretary bird is an unusual bird. Unlike the other birds of prey, the Secretary Bird has very long legs and tail feathers. Its plumage is light gray, except for the black wing tips, tail, and thighs. Its face is covered in red and yellow skin.


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  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors, so unique & dreamy soft focus portrait!

    Smiles Leilani

  • Thanks so much Leilani. It is such a beautiful bird and I am so thrilled and got close to it.

    – laureenr

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks so much my friend. Much appreciated.

    – laureenr

  • CJTill
    CJTillabout 5 years ago

    A great shot Lau

  • Thanks so much Colin.

    – laureenr

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaabout 5 years ago

    You are so very welcome, dear Lau!

    Smiles Leilani

  • xxx

    – laureenr

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Great close up shot.

  • Thank you so much. They are such beautiful birds.

    – laureenr

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Thank you so much. Very kind of you.

    – laureenr

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings Laureenr; Excellent capture, very beautiful ! Your redfield treatments seem in order here ? !

  • Thanks a million Steve, but this is as it was taken except I cropped it a bit. I will do redfield on it so you can see the difference.

    – laureenr

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsabout 5 years ago

    nice capture…good framing and colour

  • Thank you very much Clare, very kind of you.

    – laureenr

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much Cherubtree. The first time I saw one of these, I was fascinated.

    – laureenr

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing shot Lau!!

  • Thanks a million Vicki. They are so beautiful with their unique markings. At least SA has animals. lol

    – laureenr

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