African Open-billed Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus)

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African Open-billed Stork has an extremely large range and is an intra-African trans-equatorial migrant making movements that are triggered by the rains. It is typically a bird of marshes, swamps and lakes where it feeds primarily on molluscs. The unusual looking bill is specialised for extraction of snails from their shells. The nest is a small platform of sticks and vegetation positioned in trees and bushes over water (e.g. inundated in standing water on flood-plains), or alternatively in reedbeds.
African Open-billed Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus), Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 200 mm, 1/400 sec at f/ 6.3, ISO 200
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