YES, I AM THE LARGEST FLYING BIRD! ~KORI BUSTARD – Ardeotis kori – GOMPOU

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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KORI BUSTARD – Ardeotis kori – GOMPOU

Captured: The Kruger National park, SOUTH AFRICA

Nikon D50
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 400mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/500 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 250

The largest flying bird!
Common resident. Identified by huge size and crested head. Sexes are alike but male is about 20 percent larger than female. Walk slowly with measured strides and flies relectulantly. In courtship the male calls a deep ‘wum, wum, wum, wum, wummmmm’. Male also performs an elaborate courtship display: the throat-pouch is inflated and the frontal neck feathers splayed outwards revealing their white bases, the head with raised crest is drawn back, the wings are dropped and the tail reflected upwards and forwards to the neck with the white undertail coverts splayed outwards conspicuously.
Singly in pairs or groups in open woodland, bushveld and semi-grasslands.

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