Lunch time! by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara. Adults hunt in pairs and sometimes as loose familial flocks, stalking through the habitat with long strides. Secretary Birds have two distinct feeding strategies that are both executed on land. They can either catch prey by chasing it and striking with the bill, or stamping on prey until it is rendered stunned or unconscious enough to swallow. Prey consists of insects, small mammals, lizards, snakes, young birds and bird eggs.
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾almost 4 years ago

    lovely capture, a just reward for the Bird doing a dance on the snakes head

  • Thanks a lot Bezay!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Thank you very much Kathy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Nice detail Konstantinos

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsalmost 4 years ago

    great shot Kon, good thing these birds are not 2-3 times bigger.

  • He, he ,he, thanks a lot my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture Konstantinos, these are marvellous birds.

  • Thanks a lot Mark, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Great photo!

  • Thank you very much Kristi!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • naturalnomad
    naturalnomadalmost 4 years ago

    Great behavioral capture! Well done!

  • Thanks a lot Bruce!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • CriscoPhotos
    CriscoPhotosalmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Crisco, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    24 May 2011 – 2 images per day

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