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The Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) is a large wading bird in the stork family, Ciconiidae. It is a widespread species which is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya south to South Africa, and in The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad in west Africa. This is a huge bird that regularly attains a height of 150 cm (59 in), a length of 142 cm (56 in) and a 2.4–2.7 m (7.9–8.9 ft) wingspan. The male is larger and heavier than the female, with a range of 5.1–7.5 kg. It is spectacularly plumaged, identical in male and female.
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 100
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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Virginia, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture! Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Cool looking bird ! Nice Capture and congrats on the feature !!!

  • Thanks a lot Karen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 5 years ago

    excellent capture on a endangered species!

  • Thank you very much Magaret, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    beautiful capture and bird and congrats

  • Thank you Kathy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Carol, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 5 years ago

    Indigenous Birds in Flight Challenge
    CONGRATULATIONS Konstantinos! TOP 10 in the Indigenous to East & Southern Africa Group Challenge, Indigenous Birds in Flight
    Great image and well deserved.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful image – congratulations on all your features :) What an amazing bird!

  • Thanks a lot Mieke!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Ray, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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