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Marabou stork

Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Description:

From the patio of the Ngulia safari lodge in Kenya, my wife and I watched barn swallows swooping and darting while these large and heavy-billed storks stood around below them. At one point a swallow swooped too close, and with a loud clap, the stork snapped its bill shut on the passing bird and swallowed it in a single gulp. When we returned at dusk after a drive in the rhino reserve, the storks were all standing atop a large tree.

Habitat:

Ngulia Safari Lodge is located in Tsavo West National Park situated atop the edge of the Ndewe Escarpment. It overlooks a black rhino reserve.


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Kenya

Lat: -3.02, Long: 38.21

Spotted on Dec 7, 2005
Submitted on Apr 24, 2011

Spotted for mission

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