Mouth open for the Openbill

January 4th, 2010 by Thinus Leave a reply »
African Openbill

Openbill vs. Plover

Centurion with its disappearing wetlands and clinging on for dear life little rivers does indeed still have its welcome surprises:

I went mountain biking today, and on my way back drove past a small patch of water close to Eco Park Estate’s entrance. Here I saw a lost, but equally placid with its new Blacksmith Plover friends, African Openbill Stork.

With its large beak and separated mandibles touching only at the tip, it was doing its little bit to catch frogs which might make it strong and help it get of the IUCN endangered animals list.

I could get quite close to take a picture. This is my first time to see one, and I will check up on its welfare every time I cycle here.

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