Derwent 8B Graphic pencil sketch on Visual 200gsm.
Secretary Birds (Sagittarius serpentarius) spend a great deal of time on the ground walking around and searching for prey. Small animals are simply picked up and swallowed. They are opportunistic birds and gather at recently burnt out areas where prey are often injured and without plant cover. Though not a social bird, they often hunt in small groups or pairs, and keep in contact by hooting.
Secretary birds pair for life and are remarkably faithful to their nest site. The nest is generally placed low in the fork of a tree, usually an acacia. The huge bundle of sticks grows year by year in the manner of an eagle’s eyrie.
Secretary birds consume snakes, other reptiles, amphibians, tortoises, rats and other small mammals as well as young game birds. They are probably best known for their habit of stomping snakes with their powerful legs, so stunning or killing it before swallowing it.
The Secretary bird is widespread throughout Africa south of the Sahara and approximately 1.3m (4 ft) tall.