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Old Sep 21, 2004, 3:46 PM   #1
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Kruger National Park, South Africa


Leptoptilos crumeniferus withCanon 10D 100-400mm IS @ 180mm 1/180s 4.5F 100 ISO

This bird is mainly a scavenger feeding on carrion and refuse but have been known to takelive prey, with fish as large as 450g and even adult flamingos on record.

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Old Sep 22, 2004, 12:15 AM   #2
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great shot, but Im sorry to say that is one ugly looking bird:-)
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Old Sep 22, 2004, 8:57 AM   #3
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Good shot bahamut!

Julie - it is one ugly bird, but it's ugliness with a function. That head and neck devoid of plumage allows the bird to thrust its head into carrion for feeding and thenbe exposed tothe sun's ultraviolet light's antibacterial actionto kill off any germs! Pretty neat, huh?
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Old Sep 22, 2004, 9:31 AM   #4
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how do you lnow so much about birds????:-)



by the way, speaking of birds, wheres ERIC???
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Old Sep 22, 2004, 10:12 AM   #5
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I know so much about birds because I got a degree in Wildlife Biology in college and was going to go to graduate school in ornithology. My goals changed when I realized that it would be very difficult to raise a family on the salary of an ornithologist. That's why I am now a s/w engineer. Hmm...

I think many of the regulars in this forum have found themselves very busy since the end of summer. I'm sure (at least I hope I'm sure) they'll make their presence felt again at some point.
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Old Sep 22, 2004, 11:47 AM   #6
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Another bird which I havn't seen before. Thanks for posting.
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